Work has begun on the final stage of the Camden Valley Way upgrade at Leppington.
An announcement from the Roads and Maritime Services confirms that Leppington road users will have a new road layout in the six weeks following Sunday May 17. A new intersection with traffic lights is being built at Camden Valley Way and Cowpasture Road.
Stage one and two of the $280 million project opened to traffic last year, providing the community with a four lane divided road.
The works will involve some night time work between 8pm and 6am, however every effort will be made to reduce the impact of noise according to a representative of the Road and Maritime Services.
“The temporary closure of the Camden Valley Way and Cowpasture Road south intersection will be in place from 9pm on Sunday 17 May to 5am on Monday 29 June, weather permitting,” said the spokesperson.
Motorists are advised to use Bringelly Road to access Camden Valley Way, and electronic message signs have been installed to guide road users.
Access will remain open at all times to the residents of Cowpasture Road south.
“The remaining 1.8 kilometre section is on track to open in the second half of this year,” the spokesperson added.
What do the road safety stats show?
Residential development in the South West Growth Centre is growing and traffic levels are predicted to rise with it.
In addition to this, a report published by Road and Maritime Safety paints a grim picture of safety statistics in the Camden area, warranting the need for measures that increase road user safety.
According to road data collated between 2004 to 2008, there were a total of 259 accidents – two of which were fatal. There were 120 crashes that caused injury and 137 in which the driver and passenger(s) remained unharmed.
The majority of the vehicles involved in the crashes were cars, followed by light trucks, heavy vehicles, rigid trucks, motorcycles, buses, pedestrians and pushbikes.
Close to the half of the accidents occurred at intersections and nearly 89 per cent of the collisions involved more than one vehicle.
By 2012, although the number of accidents in Camden reduced to 251, crash-related injuries rose to half of the total accidents.
What does the project hope to achieve?
There are seven key objectives that the Camden Valley Way project wants to meet with the completion of the project.
• New Intersections with traffic lights
• A central median to separate opposing traffic flows
• Turn bays at intersections
• Better access to the M7 and M5 motorways
• Improved access and travel times for road freight in Sydney’s south west
• Enhanced safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians via an off-road shared path
• New bus priority lanes at traffic lights.
What are the details of the project?
The Camden Valley Way upgrade project started in 2012. It involves the construction of a high capacity urban route that links the the Hume Highway, M7 Motorway and M5 Motorway interchange at Prestons, near Liverpool, Camden, Narellan and Harrington Park in Sydney’s south west.
The three-stage project is many months ahead of schedule.
A section between Ingleburn Road and Raby Road was constructed as part of the first phase, The second phase involved building a 3km link from Raby Road to Oran Park Drive, which used to be known as Cobbitty Road.
The final stage, which began recently is going to see completion of a 3.2km upgrade of Bringelly Road to Ingleburn Road.
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