Signals switched on at Samantha Riley Drive intersection

Published on 08 February 2022

Mayor Dr Peter Gangemi at the intersection of Hezlett Road and Samantha Riley Drive.jpg

Traffic signals on one of The Hills Shire’s busiest roads have been switched on. The signalisation of the intersection of Samantha Riley Drive and Hezlett Road, Kellyville, is the final stage in one of the most challenging road projects completed by Council.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi, said traffic signals at this intersection would be welcomed by residents, as well as people from other parts of Sydney travelling along Samantha Riley Drive on their daily commute.

“Council was delighted that an initial allocation of approximately $2.5 million was able to support the commencement of this project, which was part of a broader $31 million funding injection from the NSW Government in 2020 to support the delivery of vital infrastructure in The Hills,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“Funds received from the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund (AIF) were put to good use, allowing us to get started on the construction of Balmoral Road Reserve, as well upgrading Hezlett Road and installing traffic signals at the intersection of Hezlett Road and Samantha Riley Drive.”

“These critical projects have not only strengthened our community, they have provided essential construction employment throughout the pandemic,” he said.   

Mayor Gangemi said the improvements would cater for the growing region’s transport needs.

“Upgrading the roads in and around our newest community, North Kellyville, has been an enormous task, and I thank residents for their patience while we got the job done,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“It is particularly gratifying to see the traffic signals in operation, as this signifies the final stage of an incredibly important project, the upgrade of Samantha Riley Drive, that will improve the lives of so many people,” he said.

Up to $75 million was made available as part of the AIF, and divided between Blacktown City Council and The Hills Shire Council.

Member for Castle Hill, Ray Williams MP said: “These lights are a critical part of this infrastructure upgrade. They will assist with traffic flow in all directions, and provide both driver and pedestrian safety at this very busy intersection.” 

“This is another example of how State Government and Local Government can work together to achieve amazing outcomes for the local community.”

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