Another road connecting Camden to Campbelltown will be open in a matter of weeks.
The highly anticipated Gregory Hills Drive is in its final stages of construction and will be ready to connect motorists from Camden Valley Way to Eagle Vale Drive and Badgally Road.
The road was constructed in a voluntary planning agreement between Gregory Hills developers Dartwest and Camden Council and has moved along without any major delays or snaps.
Dartwest chief executive David Taylor said he couldn’t give a concrete opening date at this stage because legalities still needed to be finalised.
“We’ve got one final stretch of road that needs to be covered over, but other than that all we’re waiting on is the land to officially be transferred over to Camden and Campbelltown councils,” he said.
“We can’t open the road until it is officially public land.
“But we’re very close now.”
Mr Taylor said he was anticipating the road would be an immediate hit upon its opening.
“As with any emerging road network traffic is going to be busy for a while,” he said.
“As Narellan Road has been upgraded there’s been more traffic on Raby Road.
“Gregory Hills Drive will help alleviate that traffic, and once Narellan Road is complete it will settle down even more.”
Mr Taylor acknowledged there was concern from residents about the traffic spilling onto Eagle Vale Drive and Badgally Road.
However, he said Campbelltown Council had taken preemptive steps to minimise the congestion.
“Campbelltown Council to their credit upgraded Eagle Vale Drive ahead of Gregory Hills Drive opening,” he said.
“This means there will be far less of a problem than there would have been otherwise.
“The traffic won’t be anywhere near as bad as it would have been.”
Mr Taylor also addressed the fact that Gregory Hills Drive would only be two lanes – one each way – on the approach to Badgally Road near St Gregory’s College.
He said it was impossible to avoid the situation.
“We’ve got families of 1000 students trying to get them to and from school every day,” he said.
“We had to maintain that access to St Greg’s.
“As soon as Gregory Hills Drive is open we’ll start working on that other lane.
“The only way we could have had both lanes open up at once would be to shut the school for a year, which is impossible.”