First section of the Hezlett Road upgrade is set to begin
Published on 28 August 2020
The first section of the Hezlett Road upgrade is set to begin in the coming months after a construction tender was awarded during Tuesday’s Ordinary Meeting of Council.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said she is pleased construction will soon commence to widen Hezlett Road from a two lane rural thoroughfare to a four lane road.
“Hezlett Road is one of the main transport routes in the North Kellyville precinct that allows residents and visitors to access other parts of our Shire,” Mayor Byrne said.
“As we grow, Hezlett Road will become even busier as more and more people move into our Shire.
“I thank residents for their patience in what has been a long journey to get to this point.
“To ensure the upgrade happened in a timely manner, Council needed to purchase the land and relocate services and utilities to allow for the road to be widened. This process has taken many years to achieve as there are multiple government departments, services and people that Council needed to work with to ensure we could get to where we are now.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing works progressing on this project and I’m sure residents will be happy to see work underway soon,” Mayor Byrne added.
Hezlett Road, from Samantha Riley Drive to Armbruster Avenue, will be the first section to be upgraded.
Works will include:
- The installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Hezlett Road, Samantha Riley Drive and James Mileham Drive;
- The installation of signalised pedestrian crossings in front of North Kellyville Public School and at the intersection of Hezlett Road and Gum Nut Close;
- A “Kiss and Ride” facility to be built in front of North Kellyville Public School;
- New bus stops and upgrades to existing ones; and
- Enhancing a roundabout at the intersection of Curtis Road, Hezlett Road and Camrose Street.
Pedestrian refuge islands and concrete footpaths will also be built as part of construction, as well as streetscape works.
The fast-tracking of this vital road project was made possible thanks to the NSW Government’s Accelerated Infrastructure Fund (AIF), which aims to fund community projects, while boosting the economy through construction and job creation.
Mayor Byrne thanked the NSW Government for their contribution to the road upgrade project.
“This project will ultimately improve road and traffic conditions and make our community safer, while also getting more people into jobs,” Mayor Byrne added.
State Member for Castle Hill and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Western Sydney, Ray Williams MP said the NSW Government’s AIF is helping to unlock new residential, commercial and industrial development in North West Sydney faster.
“The AIF is helping close the gap between local contributions and the actual cost of projects, to support the continued delivery of new homes and employment lands in North West Sydney and provide much needed construction jobs and economic investment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Williams said.
“I am very excited to see the commencement of the Hezlett Road upgrade as it will improve access across The Hills Shire and increase road and pedestrian safety for our local residents and school students.
“I am very much looking forward to its completion,” Mr Williams added.
The section of Hezlett Road, north of Armbruster Avenue, including the signalisation of the intersection with the Barry Road by-pass is not included in these scope of works. Transport for NSW has requested a review of the functionality of the by-pass road and the section of Withers Road through the Town Centre, which is currently being conducted. Once the review is completed, it is intended to proceed to procurement and then construction.
For updates on Hezlett Road and to view the map of the planned changes, visit www.thehills.nsw.gov.au and search for ‘Hezlett Road Upgrade.’