Work complete on Wetherill Street upgrade

Published Monday, 1st August 2016

Council was proud to officially open the upgrades to Wetherill Street on Monday 1 August 2016, which was completed in partnership with the State and Federal Governments.

The $8.2 million works between Polding and Victoria streets were funded through the Australian Government’s $200 million Local Roads Package.

The Mayor of Fairfield City acknowledged the funding awarded under the Local Roads program and said it was making a difference to the everyday lives of residents.

“Fairfield City welcomes the Australian Government support for road upgrades in Fairfield. These works are allowing residents and visitors greater access to the infrastructure and facilities available across our City,” the Mayor said.

The upgrade duplicated Wetherill Street to a four-lane divided road, realigned the intersection of Wetherill Street and The Horsley Drive, installed traffic lights at the intersection of Wetherill and Shakespeare streets and improved side-street access to Wetherill Street.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the Australian Government was delivering on its commitment to improve local transport connections for communities living near the proposed Western Sydney Airport.

“We are investing in the local road network by building new and upgraded roads to support western Sydney’s ongoing population growth,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The Local Roads Package forms a critical part of the Australian and New South Wales governments’ $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan to build better roads for western Sydney.”

Mr Fletcher said the region was one of Australia’s fastest growing, with an extra one million people expected to be living in western Sydney by 2031.

“Working together with the New South Wales Government and local councils like Fairfield City Council, we are determined to ensure western Sydney has the road infrastructure it needs to support economic growth and jobs while helping local communities thrive,” Mr Fletcher said.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Western Sydney Ray Williams said the upgrades were important for the area, making it easier for motorists to access key destinations in the Fairfield Local Government Area.

“This area will also reap benefits from other Local Roads Package projects, including $5.4 million in intersection upgrades along the Cumberland Highway and a $16 million upgrade of Smithfield Road to provide safer and smoother intersections and a continuous two-lane road,” he said.

The Wetherill Street upgrade project also replaced the pedestrian crossing outside Smithfield West Primary School with pedestrian-activated traffic lights to improve safety for schoolchildren. This upgrade has allowed the School Crossing Supervisor previously positioned at Smithfield West to be relocated to Lansvale Public School, providing greater safety outcomes for children and families in the area.

These works will not only deliver a transport solution for the new airport and region, but also upgrade important roads in the Fairfield local government area and boost the local economy.

Council awarded the contract to Regents-Park based Abergeldie Contractors Pty Ltd.

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