LIGHTS, ACTION, HAPPY

Residents and motorists are thrilled that the Glenhaven Rd traffic lights at Dural have finally been switched on.

After years of waiting for traffic signals at the busy junction of Old Northern Rd, they were finally switched on by Roads and Maritime Services on May 31.

Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne thanked residents for their patience, “in what has been a very long process” to get the traffic lights.

“I am so happy we’ve been able to deliver this important project.

“The signalisation of these lights was not on any forward plan or estimate by the RMS, and after much feedback and concerns raised by residents, Council decided to fasttrack and provide a funding stream for this project.”

She thanked Castle Hill MP Ray Williams for advocating for the upgrade over many years.

“Without his support and continued deliberations between the RMS and Council, we wouldn’t have been able to deliver this project within this time-frame,” she said. Mr Williams described the occasion as “momentous”. “It’s fantastic to finally see the upgrade of this notoriously dangerous intersection complete,” Mr Williams said. “An excellent result after a long wait, but a true example of what can be achieved when the State Government and Local Government work together in the interest of the public and road safety,” he added.

The major upgrade included road widening, the installation of traffic signals and street lights, the relocation of underground utilities, new kerb and guttering and drainage works, as well as new pedestrian pathways and landscaping.