A $70 million upgrade is on the way for Old Wallgrove Road at Eastern Creek.
Tenders have been called for the upgrade of the 1.5 kilometre length of Old Wallgrove Road, build a new 400 metre ‘‘mini link road’’ and widen a one kilometre section of Wallgrove Road at the M7 interchange.
It also includes improved bus, pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
Work will involve moving utilities, installing new traffic lights, retaining walls and street lighting, improving drainage and landscaping.
The project is due to start in September and will take two years to complete.
It means the nearby western Sydney employment hubs will attract greater investment, business and jobs for the area, according to Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies.
‘‘This project will add momentum to the already expanding economy and employment in western Sydney,’’ she said.
‘‘The upgrade to Old Wallgrove Road builds on the excellent work we delivered in building the Erskine Park Link Road in our first term of government – a road that Labor promised to build but failed.’’
Roads minister Duncan Gay added:
“The state government is delivering vital infrastructure around employment areas in western Sydney as we deliver bigger roads budgets than any other time in our state’s history, of more than $5 billion each financial year.’’
The project will redirect trucks from residential streets to the M7 and M4 to ease local congestion and reconnect communities.
“We will continue to keep the community informed as planning work progresses,’’ Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan said.
Community reaction was mixed.
‘‘It’s good news it’s being done, but you have to wonder why they didn’t do it as part of the link road in the first place,’’ Kevin Wilson wrote on the Star’s Facebook page.
John Williams added:
‘‘ That seems to be a lot of money for such a short stretch of road.’’