Works at the intersection of Old Northern Road and Glenhaven Road will soon commence after Council awarded a tender to Clearly Bros on Tuesday, February 27.
The construction management company will now be tasked with upgrading the busy intersection, ultimately improving safety for all road users.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said this is a huge step forward in finally bringing the long awaited upgrade to fruition.
“It is a big win for residents who have campaigned for years for upgrades to be made at this busy stretch of road,” Mayor Byrne said.
“Road safety is very important to our community and improving the Old Northern Road and Glenhaven Road intersection has been a top priority for Council.
“After the relocation of services, the next step of the project includes reconstruction and widening of Old Northern Road and Glenhaven Road, and the installation of traffic signals at the Glenhaven Road intersection.
“These upgrades wouldn’t have been made possible without the support of the Minister for Disability Services and Multiculturalism and the local member for Castle Hill, Ray Williams MP, who has continued to work with Council and the Roads and Maritime Services to finalise designs.
“This is a great outcome for residents and I am so happy we can deliver this important project, while improving connectivity, reliability and performance of one of The Hills’ major arterial roads. I thank the residents for their patience in what has been a very long process to get to this point,” Mayor Byrne added.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Robyn Preston said she was pleased to see work finally underway.
“Residents have been crying out for more than a decade to have this stretch of road upgraded,” Deputy Mayor Preston said.
“It’s fantastic news that we are finally moving along with this important project,” she added.
State Member for Castle Hill, Ray Williams MP, said the upgrade has been a long time coming.
“There were many obstacles in our way and no one could have foreseen them when the upgrade was initially announced,” Mr Williams said.
“I want to commend the Council, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the NSW Government for funding this very important project, which will improve road and traffic conditions.
“I want to also take the opportunity to apologise to the community who had to wait so long for this road project to begin. But regardless of the outcome, we would have had to go through this same process to achieve the results we need to improve this important intersection.”
The RMS and Council have jointly funded the $9 million road improvement project.
Works will begin in early April 2018.