Over­pass widen­ing may be on the cards

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

AF­TER years of lob­by­ing, com­muters who use the grid­locked Fran­cis Rd over­pass in Rooty Hill might get a resol­tu­ion by the end of the month.

Ac­cord­ing to the Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices web­site, more than 30,000 ve­hi­cles a day use the over­pass. While the bridge was de­signed to be ex­panded, fund­ing has never been al­lo­cated.

Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla again raised the is­sue in Par­lia­ment in Au­gust, call­ing for the over­pass to be widened.

“Black­town Coun­cil has been re­quest­ing State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for this road ex­pan­sion for many years,” he said. “How­ever, those re­quests have been ig­nored. There is a demon­strated need to ex­pand the over­pass and the State Gov­ern­ment should be ac­tively seek­ing a res­o­lu­tion.”

An RMS spokes­woman asked the com­mu­nity to be pa­tient while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted “to de­ter­mine fu­ture op­tions to im­prove safety and travel time along the 9km Rooty Hill Rd cor­ri­dor, in­clud­ing Fran­cis Rd, ex­pected to be fi­nalised at the end of the month”. “The scope of work in­cludes in­ves­ti­ga­tions into ... a fu­ture bridge du­pli­ca­tion of the over­pass, which has im­pacted the ex­pected com­ple­tion date for this project.”

Fran­cis Rd by­pass in Rooty Hill.

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