$100 million has been allocated for the first stage of the widening of congested Mulgoa Road.
The preferred design for the upgrade was released on April 19, announced by Minister for western Sydney and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres and Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies.
The full upgrade costing $500 million, will provide three lanes in each direction along a 6.5km section of Mulgoa Rd between Glenmore Parkway and Andrews Rd.
It includes upgraded intersections, including traffic-light intersections at Andrews Rd, Coreen Ave and Glenmore Parkway.
The first stage involves work between Jeanette St at Regentville and Blaikie Rd at Jamisontown, and designs for the next stages.
“The Penrith community has been crying out for this upgrade and now this government is getting on with the job of delivering it,” Mr Ayres said.
“Already carrying almost 4000 cars per hour in the morning and afternoon peak, we need to boost capacity now and upgrade intersections to improve travel across Penrith.”
Between 100 to 150 properties will be affected by the road widening. Mr Ayres said Roads and Maritime Services was already speaking with property owners who may have their homes acquired.
“Penrith is a growing community. It’s growing very quickly. The widening of Mulgoa Rd is a must-do,” Mr Ayres said.
Ms Davies said the upgrade would mean residents could go about their business faster.
“They can get their faster rather than sitting in traffic,” she said.
“This project has to proceed, it’s [Mulgoa Rd] already at capacity.”
$70 million has already been allocated for upgrading the Jane St intersection.
The preferred design and an animation of the project is expected to be up on the RMS website: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/MulgoaRoadCastlereaghRoad from April 20. The public can comment here on the plan until May 19.