The full duplication of Heathcote Road is one step closer, with an additional $35 million allocated for the planning of the upgrade between Voyager Point and Heathcote, in the 2020-21 NSW Budget.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said duplicating Heathcote Road is not an easy task and will take time, but it will be well worth it as it will improve safety for the 36,000 drivers who use the road every day.
“We need to get this road right to accommodate future growth from the Illawarra to Western Sydney, and to ensure we have the right infrastructure in place for generations to come,” Mr Constance said.
“Last year alone there were 13 crashes with three people killed - Heathcote Road has an unacceptable road safety record that this government is committed to fixing as soon as possible.”
State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said today’s announcement is in addition to the $183 million in state and federal funding already announced for duplication between Infantry Parade and The Avenue, and $73 million for Heathcote Road Bridge.
“The current upgrade will see the duplication of existing bridges across Harris Creek, Williams Creek and the T8 Airport railway line, and a pedestrian and cyclist shared path installed adjacent to the road, connecting Voyager Point to Holsworthy Station.
“The duplication of Heathcote Road will help ensure drivers make it home every night, and spend more time with their families and less time in traffic.” Ms Gibbons said.
Early work was carried out in 2019 in preparation for the upgrade, including the relocation of utilities and the gas main along Heathcote Road.
Preliminary work along Heathcote Road between Holsworthy and Voyager Point is expected to start in early 2021, with completion of the 2.2km project expected in late 2024.