The Hills Shire and Hawkesbury City Councils have teamed up to increase repairs on a popular delivers road that has been hit by consistent rain caused by a third consecutive La Niña.
Significant road rehabilitation works will soon commence on Boundary Road which borders both Hawkesbury and The Hills Shire Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the suburbs of Box Hill, Gables, Vineyard and Maraylya.
The Hills Shire Council has committed $625,000 towards the project, with $494,721 of the funding being made possible through the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program, which supports the construction and maintenance of the nation’s local road infrastructure assets. Meanwhile, Hawkesbury City Council will contribute $295,000 towards these works following project completion.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi said the project, which stretches across nine kilometres of road and will be carried out by The Hills Shire Council, is a great example of two councils working together to deliver better outcomes for the community.
“It’s great to see more works coming to further improve this important rural thoroughfare that joins our shires. I am looking forward to key sections of Boundary Road being addressed, and I know our local residents are looking forward to this project as well,” he said.
“I want to thank the Australian Government and Hawkesbury City Council for their commitment and support in ensuring that our local roads remain safe for all vehicles and pedestrians,” Mayor Gangemi added.
Mayor of Hawkesbury City Council, Sarah McMahon said Boundary Road plays a crucial role in the growth areas around Vineyard, Oakville and Box Hill.
“Thousands of Hawkesbury and Hills residents use it every day and as more homes are built in that area, that number will only grow,” she said.
“It is essential that as suburbs grow, infrastructure grows with them and is maintained to a high standard.
“This agreement is a win for current and future residents, and a win-win for both Councils who will continue to work together to ensure Boundary Road evolves and serves Hawkesbury and Hills residents for many years to come,” she added.
Mayor Gangemi also thanked residents for their patience and understanding, and encouraged them to drive to the conditions.
“We will soon have roads crews onsite, and while this will mean there will be changes to the current traffic conditions, the end product will be a safer and more useable Boundary Road. During the works, I encourage residents to slow down, abide to the signs and follow directions,” he added.
The first phase of road work will commence in mid-March and work will continue until June 2023, weather permitting.