One of the most eagerly awaited road upgrades in the history of The Hills is finally underway.
Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said she’s pleased to see work is beginning on the major upgrade and widening of Showground Road.
Mayor Byrne said that The Hills Shire Council had lobbied successive state governments for more than a decade to upgrade the road.
“Just like the North West Rail Link, the upgrade of Showground Road is something that long-time Hills residents will believe when they see,” Mayor Byrne said.
“But I’m happy to tell residents that this is finally happening and I’d like to commend the Baird Government and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay for making this project happen after strong lobbying from Council and previous members for Castle Hill, as well as the current MP Mr Ray Williams.”
Mayor Byrne said that Council had copped countless angry letters, emails, Facebook comments and phone calls over the years from residents demanding the road be widened.
“A lot of residents don’t realise that Showground Road is actually managed by the NSW Government and frankly, most don’t care, they just want to see it upgraded.”
The project includes the widening of Showground Road to four lanes between Carrington Road and Old Northern Road, modifying the intersection with Pennant Street to accommodate additional turning lanes, as well as the installation of new traffic lights at the intersection with Rowallan Avenue and Kentwell Avenue.
“I’m glad to see this upgrade finally happen and I call on the NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay to now turn his attention to Memorial Avenue in Kellyville and Norwest Boulevarde.”