Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane is calling on the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to do everything they can to assist Council to deliver traffic lights at the intersection of Glenhaven Road and Old Northern Road in Glenhaven.
Mayor Keane said she was very concerned over the lack of urgency in approving plans for the busy intersection, which includes widening Old Northern Road to four lanes through the intersection, relocation of services, installation of kerb and gutter and the construction of traffic signals as part of a three-way intersection with Glenhaven Road.
“We don’t believe the public’s safety should be jeopardised any longer,” Mayor Keane said.
“We must work together to achieve an outcome for residents who are tired of waiting.
“Council has matched funding from the RMS for the road project, developed plans and we are ready to start construction.
“We just need the RMS to remove the current road blocks, acquire the land and help Council to get on with the job,” Mayor Keane added.
Deputy Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Robyn Preston, who has long campaigned for the road upgrade, agreed with Mayor Keane’s sentiments.
“It is the only major arterial road in The Hills Shire not bounded by a roundabout or a set of traffic lights,” Deputy Mayor Preston said.
“Residents are tired of asking me when these lights will be installed and I know they are frustrated with the delays. We all just want the project finished!”
Federal Member for Berowra, Julian Leeser MP said he has been contacted by a significant number of residents who were concerned about the lack of traffic lights at the intersection.
“Road safety is very important in our community and a number of local residents have raised concerns about this particular intersection with me. I commend The Hills Shire Council for taking this action and I call on the NSW Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey and the RMS to support this project.”
Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services and Member for Castle Hill, The Hon. Ray Williams said he had been in talks with both the RMS and the State Government, seeking a resolution for the intersection upgrade.
“After two years of unforeseen problems regarding the upgrading of this intersection, I am deeply disappointed with the RMS and their continual delays in providing final approval for the scope of works for this project,” Mr Williams said.
“I have again advised the Minister for Roads today this delay is placing the safety of my community in jeopardy, which is unacceptable.”
The RMS will contribute $4.5 million, with Council providing the remaining $4.5 million for the project.