Silverdale Road upgrade to begin soon

Silverdale Road. Picture: Google Maps
Silverdale Road. Picture: Google Maps

Silverdale Road is one of the shire's most notorious stretches of bitumen, but it will soon be upgraded.

Wollondilly Council has welcomed $5 million of funding through the Western Sydney Infrastructure Program, which will be used to begin construction on the Silverdale Road Upgrade.

Wollondilly mayor Robert Khan said that the upgrade would be welcomed by Silverdale and Warragamba residents, as well as the broader community.

"This project will see the quality of Silverdale Road made more suitable for the growing demand of the Wollondilly community and set it up as a connection route to the planned airport at Badgery's Creek," he said.

"I would like to thank the Federal Government and Hume MP Angus Taylor for helping to make this important project possible."

The upgrade project will begin in the Silverdale township in early September 2021, with major improvements planned between Warradale Road and the Silverdale shopping centre.

Work will include resurfacing the road, widening road shoulders to allow road side parking, kerb and gutter works, drainage, a new footpath and town entry zones.

Silverdale Road is one of the shire's roads that Wollondilly Council and Wollondilly MP Nat Smith is calling on the NSW Government to review and reclassify as a state road.

The council also believes Remembrance Driveway, Menangle Road, Wilton Road, Macarthur Drive, Finns Road, Avon Dam Road and Woodbridge Road should be managed by the state government

Wollondilly mayor Robert Khan told the Advertiser earlier this year that reclassification of these roads would mean that the NSW Government would be responsible for the funding, maintenance and repairs for these high traffic volume roads.

"Council is investing more than ever before to fix our 870km road network, with a big focus on our major roads," he said.

"But many of these heavily used roads really should be managed by the NSW Government, like they are for other council areas all over the state, giving us more resources to invest in our local roads."

Councillor Matt Gould took to Facebook to welcome the 'sorely needed good news'.

"I'm delighted to report the next stage of Silverdale Road upgrades will be commencing in early September, with major works being planned between Warradale Road and Silverdale shops," he wrote.

"There will also be further works planned to start around October on Silverdale Road between the bottom of Baines Hill and Blaxland Crossing to fix that section of Silverdale Road, and anyone who drives the road regularly will know how badly it's needed there.

"Both these projects are things I've been pushing for since I was elected to council and I can't wait to see these badly needed projects completed."

Nace Civil Engineering have been awarded the tender for construction, with the works scheduled to take approximately one year.