Airport East project starts in Sydney

Sydney Airport precinct upgrades should help some freight issues

Airport East project starts in Sydney
An artist’s impression of the new Wentworth Avenue extension


Work has started on Sydney’s Airport East project, aimed at freeing up connections situated between the airport and the port.

The announcement comes nearly two years after plans were unveiled.

While the New South Wales and federal governments emphasise the easing of airport-related congestion for motorists, the freight impact is also noted.

Airport East project will replace the General Holmes Drive rail level crossing with a road underpass linking General Holmes Drive, Botany Road and Wentworth Avenue.

"There will also be improvements to the Mill Pond Road intersection, along with widening of Joyce Drive and General Holmes Drive to three lanes in each direction between O'Riordan Street and Mill Pond Road," roads, maritime and freight minister Melinda Pavey says.

"The Airport East project forms part of the New South Wales Government's Sydney Airport precinct upgrades."

From Monday and for the next 12 weeks, electricity, gas, water, sewerage and communications relocation work will take place along Botany Road and Wentworth Avenue.

Work on the Airport West project is due to finish in mid-2017 and work is expected to start on the Airport North project later this year.

Airport West will see the widening of Marsh Street, Arncliffe, to three lanes westbound to increase traffic capacity and reduce congestion.

Marsh Street is a key access point for the M5 Motorway and Sydney’s southern suburbs but it is not clear if the east or west projects will do anything to ease industry concern, last aired more than three years ago about container truck height restrictions.

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