A Box Hill intersection on Old Pitt Town Road, Terry Road, and Fontanta Road is expected to be upgraded as the Hills Shire Council awarded it with a construction contract, the Council stated on Wednesday, 10 January 2024.
The planned works include new traffic lights, a road widening along Old Pitt Town Road, a 60m right turn lane on Fontana Drive to partially replace the existing median, and shoulder pavement and safety barriers on both sides of Old Pitt Town Road.
In addition, the Council is planning to add new footpaths, street lighting, landscaping, and relocation of services will be added.
The construction is expected to begin in early 2024, with a construction duration of 9 to 12 months and is subject to site and weather conditions.
“This construction timeframe is heavily impacted by the need to co-ordinate the relocation of multiple service utilities with each of the individual providers listed above,” the Council stated.
“Work will generally be carried out Monday – Saturday from 7.00 AM to 5.00 PM. Night work may be necessary to deliver oversized construction vehicles & equipment and for some service utility relocation work.”
While the construction works will progress with the least possible disruption to the flow of traffic, the Council says delays and inconvenience will be expected during the works and advises residents to plan their journey.
The Hills Shire Council posts its latest updates on the upcoming upgrades on its website: Old Pitt Town Road, Fontana Drive, Terry Road Intersection Upgrade.
Hills Shire Mayor Dr Peter Gangemi said the new traffic lights are a significant upgrade for the local community.
“I’ve been advocating for this project alongside local residents since 2017,” Mayor Gangemi said.
“We made repeated requests over many years to Transport for NSW to approve the warrants for traffic lights at this intersection with our request only being granted in 2022.
“The awarding of the tender for construction is an important step towards the completion of the project. The installation of signals will improve traffic flow and safety at this key intersection for Box Hill and Gables residents.”
According to Vicki Giannoulis, the president of Box Hill Nelson Progress Association, the upgrade is highly anticipated.
“This is a very busy intersection in Box Hill and I know many locals who will be relieved once the upgrade has been completed,” Ms Giannoulis said.
“I would like to thank The Hills Shire Council for their efforts in getting this project approved.”