Hon Duncan Gay MLC
Minister for Roads and Ports
NSW Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay today announced that the widening of the M5 West motorway was a step closer after the signing of contracts for the work and Interlink Roads reaching financial close.
“We have finalised contracts between Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Interlink Roads for the work on this critical upgrade,” Mr Gay said.
“This means that work on site can get underway next month,” he said.
“Widening the M5 West was a key election commitment and I am pleased to say we are getting on with the job of delivering.
“This is the start of a major project which, when complete, will deliver direct benefits for the more than 125,000 motorists who use the M5 motorway daily.”
The widening will provide an additional lane in each direction leading to shorter travel times during the morning and evening peak periods.
“The M5 is a significant part of Sydney’s road infrastructure and is vital to the people of Western Sydney,” Mr Gay said.
The $400 million widening project will be primarily funded by Interlink Roads with the NSW Government contributing $50 million towards the cost of noise walls, drainage and other works arising out of the final Planning Approval conditions.
The road will be widened from Camden Valley Way at Prestons to King Georges Road at Beverly Hills. The widening project will also resurface the entire road providing motorists with a smoother and quieter journey.
The M5 West widening aims to deliver travel time savings of up to 12 minutes along the length of the motorway heading west in the evening peak. For the majority of motorists who use the motorway for shorter trips, such as those getting off at Fairford Road, as much as 10 minutes could be saved when heading east in the morning.
Toll charges for cars will not increase to fund the project and the M5 Cashback scheme will be extended for the lengthened concession term, to December 2026.
The project will support up to 500 jobs and is due for completion towards the end of 2014, weather permitting.