Member for Heathcote Lee Evans is pleased to announce plans to upgrade the bridge over Woronora River on Heathcote Road at Engadine continue to move forward with the tender for the detail design and construction of the project now open.
Mr Evans said Transport for NSW is looking for an industry partner to deliver this complex and important project designed to address immediate safety concerns on Heathcote Road.
“Heathcote Road is a major road which links Liverpool and Heathcote, connecting Sydney’s southern suburbs to the motorway network in the south-west including the M5 and M7 motorways,” Mr Evans said.
“The upgrade is a necessary step that needs to be taken now to improve safety for the 36,000 motorists that use Heathcote Road every day, including heavy vehicles.
“We will widen the existing lanes and approaches to standard lane widths of three and a half metres with 1.2 metre shoulders to increase capacity and create a safer environment.”
Mr Evans said the upgrade will complement a number of safety improvements carried out on Heathcote Road.
“Transport for NSW has already reduced the speed limit, carried out intersection and lane widening improvements in various locations, and installed audio tactile lane markings along the entire corridor, which vibrate to alert motorists when they are outside their lane,” Mr Evans said.
“These improvements have been instrumental in boosting safety along the corridor and form part of the long term vision for Heathcote Road along with the imminent bridge upgrade.”
In addition to the $183 million in funding that has been committed for the full duplication of Heathcote Road between Infantry Parade and The Avenue, $35 million has also been committed to investigate the full duplication between The Avenue and Princes Highway.
Motorists can expect to see investigation and surveying work starting in the coming months as we move forward with the part of the project.
The contractor for the Heathcote Road bridge upgrade will be appointed by late 2021, with work on track to start at the end of this year.
Additionally, the new contractor will also complete Transport for NSW’s Linden Street project, which is also scheduled to start at the end of this year.
This will allow any interrelated impacts from these projects, such as road and lane closures and detours, to be managed concurrently.