THE death of a man at the flooded Stoney Creek Road causeway last year has put pressure on Blacktown and Penrith councils to find a solution for a new road.
Long-time campaigner, Shanes Park resident Lisa Xuereb, has proposed a ridge-to-ridge structure that wouldn't flood, is cost effective and would save lives.
She had a meeting with Londonderry MP Bart Bassett a fortnight ago to discuss her proposal.
He vowed to lobby for state and federal funding if the councils could redesign that part of Stoney Creek Road.
Mrs Xuereb said it didn't take much rain for the causeway to go under, adding an extra 20 minutes' travel through the area.
Owen "OJ" Fitzpatrick died in floodwaters when authorities didn't close the gates on the causeway.
Warnings sings and lights were installed afterwards.
"What happened to that young man last year could happen to anyone," Mrs Xuereb said.
A new road over the causeway would cost at least $30 million, Penrith Council says.
"There is no funding identified to build it," a council spokesman said.
Blacktown councillor Jackie Donaldson got a similar response from her council.
"Because of the traffic, increased as Marsden Park is developed, it is imperative that this is addressed," Cr Donaldson said.
The Penrith Council spokesman said councils received $340,000 to make the road safer.
He said detailed designs would be done, with work to improve visibility, signage, railings to be completed mid next year.
Mr Bassett hopes to get blackspot funding.
"It's not cheap but it needs doing," Mr Bassett said.
"More traffic is using that road, which was built a long time ago."
What needs to be done to the causeway? Comment at stmarysstar.com.au or join the conversation on the St Marys-Mt Druitt Star Facebook page?
Below are some of the comments by Facebook fans:
Linda Hayward: "I think they should do that and pipe in that section of the creek."
Jaimee Marz: "My friend was killed there last year and it was very heart-breaking."
Trojan Marto: "Stoney Creek Road and Eighth Avenue need to be raised."
Grant Payne: "It's something that we have been taking to council for the past 10 years and they've still done nothing."
Matthew Greene: "You'll probably find that it's a different council each side of the creek and neither wants to pay."
Ryan Prince: "A friend of mine lived on the left of that causeway for 20 years and when that creek flooded so did their backyard."