The State Government’s announcement of $100 million for the long-awaited construction of the Pitt Town bypass has been welcomed by residents, businesses and Hawkesbury City Councillors.
The $100million funding is part of the $1 billion commitment from the WestInvest fund to upgrade critical roads across the region.
Detailed design and property acquisition had been completed. The Roads and Maritime department say the Bypass will reduce traffic through the town centre, improve safety for road users and enhance flood resilience for local residents.
The key features of the Pitt Town bypass include:
• extending Pitt Town Road past Bathurst Street onto Cattai Road, east of Eldon Street
• installing a new single lane roundabout at Eldon Street and Old Pitt Town Road
• closing a portion of Cattai Road to maintain access to Buckingham St
• providing new crossings of Hortons Creek
• installing a new single lane roundabout at
• Pitt Town Road/Bathurst Street and Glebe Road
• the total length of the upgrade is around 1km.
Community information sessions about the Pitt Town Bypass were held at the end of 2018. Residents have been putting up signs asking “Where’s Our ByPass?” for some time.
Hawkesbury City Mayor Sarah McMahon said that after years of discussion, the government can move on with the job of delivering the bypass.
“Pitt Town residents have been waiting a long time for this project to come to fruition. I am approached almost weekly about this project by locals,” she said. “It is an important project not just for Pitt Town, but also for residents and businesses right across the Hawkesbury traveling to and from The Hills on a regular basis. With this $100 million announcement, the expectation within the Hawkesbury community is that the government will act immediately to bring this long-promised piece of road infrastructure into reality.”
Hawkesbury MP, Robyn Preston said it is an important investment: “With the bypass route locked in and land acquisitions completed, the next step is to award the contract prior to construction commencing.”
Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said the improvements are also targeted to improve flood evacuation routes for families in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley and around Pitt Town.
“We are working towards widening Garfield Road East to a four-lane divided road, providing a flood evacuation route with increased capacity as well as a better connection to the communities of Marsden Park, Box Hill, Richmond, Schofields and Rouse Hill,” she said.
“The Pitt Town Bypass is also a project the community has been calling for so I’m incredibly pleased we can deliver it, significantly increasing the community’s resilience to flooding events.”
The WestInvest funding will also support significant road projects, including: $100 million to enable the upgrade of a 3.4 kilometre section of Garfield Road East between Piccadilly Street, Riverstone and Windsor Road, Box Hill.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]