By Bev Jordan
The $224 million upgrade to ease congestion and improve safety along Memorial Avenue at Kellyville took another step forward last week (February 18) with the official sod turning ceremony on the site last week.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance was joined by Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott for the landmark moment.
State Government first announced the upgrade to the 2.2kms road, which joins Old Windsor Road with Windsor Road, in January 2020.
Mr Constance said: “This major upgrade will improve congestion, safety and travel times for the 30,000 drivers who use Memorial Avenue every day.”
Memorial Avenue is being widened to a four-lane divided road, with shared pedestrian and cyclist paths.
The upgrade also includes additional dedicated left and right turn lanes at the Windsor Road and Memorial Avenue intersection, and bus users will benefit from new bus priority traffic lights.
David Elliott said the Memorial Avenue upgrade would assist the community meet the future transport needs of Sydney’s growing North West.
“Residents are looking forward to the delivery of this much-needed upgrade to manage current and predicted increases in traffic and respond to residential and commercial development in the area,” he said.
Work will be carried out on weekdays (excluding public holidays) between 7am and 6pm, weather permitting.
During this time, road users are urged to drive to conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.
The Memorial Avenue upgrade is expected to open to road users in late 2023. Once completed, Memorial Avenue will have a consistent speed limit of 80km/h.
Transport NSW has listed the Memorial Avenue upgrades as below:
• From a 2-lane to a 4-lane road (with an option to expand to 6 lanes if needed in the future)
• Will include new bus stops as well as upgrading existing bus stops
• Building shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists along both sides of Memorial Avenue that will connect with paths to Kellyville and Bella Vista Metro stations, as well as connecting to other shared paths in The Hills Shire Council local area.
In May 2020 The Hills Shire Council officially opened the Greenway Bridge over Memorial Avenue, Kellyville.
The $3.77 million project, links Pellizzer Boulevard to Thomas Boulton Circuit Reserve at Kellyville, and forms part of the bigger Greenway cyclelink between Bella Vista Farm and Rouse Hill Town Centre.
The 50-metre bridge is one of the largest pedestrian bridge projects Council has ever worked on.