Overpass widening may be on the cards
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.