Mar 26, 2012

Upgrade delivers a safer, less congested F5

Residents of Campbelltown and Sydney’s south west who regularly commute to and from work along the F5 are now experiencing quicker, less frustrating driving conditions following the upgrade and widening of the section between Brooks and Narellan roads.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese was today onsite to officially mark the completion of the $116 million project on-time and within budget.

“The upgrade, which complements earlier widening work between Camden Valley Way and Brooks Road, is already delivering real benefits for the 80,000 motorists and truck drivers which use the F5 every day,” said Mr Albanese.

“Equally, the money we’ve invested will go a long way to making sure this vital part of the City’s road network is able to cope with future demand.  Put simply, in partnership with the NSW Government, Federal Labor is building the infrastructure that will support Sydney’s continued growth in decades ahead.

“Indeed, the widening of the F5 is just one a number of Federally-funded road and rail projects designed to help keep Australia’s biggest city moving.  Already, we have committed $3.7 billion to this task, more than 10 times what our predecessors spent during their 12 years in office.”

The F5 Widening was a jointly funded project, with the Federal Government contributing $93 million and the NSW Government a further $23 million.  Over the life of the project some 135 construction jobs were created.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the multi-million project, delivered in three stages, involved widening the Freeway from four to eight lanes between Raby and Brooks roads, and to six lanes from Raby Road to Narellan Road.

“In addition, these sections of freeway were re-surfaced and a new on-ramp built to make it easier and safer for motorists coming along Raby Road to join the F5,” said Mr Gay.

“As part of the forward thinking and planning that went into this project, the builders took the opportunity to install the sensors and cabling which will form the backbone of a future electronic management system, new technology which can prevent congestion and give motorists real-time traffic information.

“Lastly, nearby residents weren’t forgotten either.  Not only have additional sound barriers been installed, but a new pedestrian/cycle bridge connecting the suburbs of Claymore and Woodbine was erected over the F5.”

Work on the project kicked off in February 2009 and was completed this month.

F5 Widening: Brooks Road to Narellan Road