LIGHTS, AC­TION, HAPPY

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

Res­i­dents and mo­torists are thrilled that the Glen­haven Rd traf­fic lights at Du­ral have fi­nally been switched on.

Af­ter years of wait­ing for traf­fic sig­nals at the busy junc­tion of Old North­ern Rd, they were fi­nally switched on by Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices on May 31.

Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne thanked res­i­dents for their pa­tience, “in what has been a very long process” to get the traf­fic lights.

“I am so happy we’ve been able to de­liver this im­por­tant project.

“The sig­nal­i­sa­tion of th­ese lights was not on any for­ward plan or es­ti­mate by the RMS, and af­ter much feed­back and con­cerns raised by res­i­dents, Coun­cil de­cided to fast­track and pro­vide a fund­ing stream for this project.”

She thanked Cas­tle Hill MP Ray Williams for ad­vo­cat­ing for the up­grade over many years.

“With­out his sup­port and con­tin­ued de­lib­er­a­tions be­tween the RMS and Coun­cil, we wouldn’t have been able to de­liver this project within this time-frame,” she said. Mr Williams de­scribed the oc­ca­sion as “mo­men­tous”.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to fi­nally see the up­grade of this no­to­ri­ously dan­ger­ous in­ter­sec­tion com­plete,” Mr Williams said. “An ex­cel­lent re­sult af­ter a long wait, but a true ex­am­ple of what can be achieved when the State Govern­ment and Lo­cal Govern­ment work to­gether in the in­ter­est of the pub­lic and road safety,” he added.

The ma­jor up­grade in­cluded road widen­ing, the in­stal­la­tion of traf­fic sig­nals and street lights, the re­lo­ca­tion of un­der­ground util­i­ties, new kerb and gut­ter­ing and drainage works, as well as new pedes­trian path­ways and land­scap­ing.

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