Stage four of $1.6B Northern Road upgrade opens to drivers

http://www.roadsonline.com.au/mix-telematics-wins-safety-award/Stage four of the $1.6 billion Northern Road upgrade in NSW is now open to traffic following the completion of a new 5.5 kilometre stretch of road.

Works included realigning a section of the Northern Road between Mersey Road and Eaton Road, which currently runs through the Western Sydney Airport site. 

Around 1.6 million tonnes of dirt and soil were moved to make way for the new road alignment and more than 57,000 tonnes of concrete and asphalt were used to form the new roadway.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the Federal Government had prioritised the importance of keeping vital infrastructure projects on track through the COVID-19 crisis.

“Once the entire 35 km upgrade is complete, the new Northern Road will be an important arterial route for Western Sydney Airport,” Mr. Tudge said.

New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said crews had worked hard for more than a year to get the job done.

“Work on this road began in November 2018, and in that time crews have built almost 5.5 kilometres of new road to realign a section of The Northern Road which currently runs through the airport site,” Mr. Constance said.

“This upgrade is so important for Western Sydney because it improves safety, increases road capacity and will reduce travel times and congestion in the future.”

Crews are still working on completing the northbound lanes and carrying out utility works, with all lanes expected to be open to traffic later this year.

This project is jointly funded with the Federal Government providing over $1.2 billion and the New South Wales Government over $350 million.

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