A new link road to connect Menangle Road, Menagle and Appin Road, Gilead is being planned, and several suggested corridors have been identified for community consideration.
Transport for NSW is bridging the two main roads together via an east-west link, which would also provide access to the future Spring Farm Parkway stage one and the Hume Motorway. A future stage two of the Parkway would complete the connection from Appin Road to the Camden Bypass.
Planning documents were released earlier this month detailing the proposed corridors for the link roads, and residents have until Friday, December 11 to share their thoughts.
Four corridors were identified as favourable from a long list of many more.
Option 001 is largely in the north of the investigation area. In the east, the corridor connects to Appin Road about 350 metres south of the intersection with Copperfield Drive (Rosemeadow). It then travels north-west, following the alignment of the existing road reserve (gazetted in 2015 for a future link) for about one kilometre, bordering the northern side of Noorumba Reserve and the southern section of Rosemeadow. The corridor crosses Glendower Street (via overbridge), between Solianio Street and Sebastian Avenue, and follows the existing road reserve for another kilometre. It then deviates and crosses largely undeveloped land owned by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. This land includes the state heritage-listed Sugarloaf Farm site. The corridor then crosses the Water NSW canal and decommissioned sediment basin before connecting to the future Spring Farm Parkway interchange at Menangle Road, just north of Broughton Anglican College.
Option 002 is also northern, beginning at the same part of Appin Road as Option 001 and following the same route for 2.8 kilometres, before diverting to follow the northern extent of the DPIE land, crossing the Water NSW canal until it connects to Menangle Road about 600 metres north of the future Spring Farm Parkway interchange.
Option 403 starts further south on Appin Road, 2.8 kilometres south of the Copperfield Drive intersection at the southern end of the Mount Gilead development. The corridor then diverts north-west around the western end of the Mount Gilead stage one development, crossing the Water NSW canal and traversing privately-owned, but undeveloped, land. It connects to Menangle Road one kilometre south of the planned interchange.
The final option (424), connects at the same point on Appin Road as Option 403, but travels west along the southernmost point of the investigation area, through privately-owned land until it crosses the Water NSW canal and meets the Nepean River. It then diverts north, following the alignment of Medhurst Road (Menangle Park) until it connects to Menangle Road about 800 metres south of the future interchange.
The first two options were identified as most appropriate for the link road, with preference for Option 001.
Whichever corridor is eventually selected, the road is set to be dual-carriageway, with four lanes and a wide central media which would allow for an additional travel lane in each direction if required in the future. The speed limit would 80km/h, and bridges or drainage structures would be build to cross creeks and flood prone lands. There would also be noise mitigation when the road travels close to existing communities.
A community information session will be held on Wednesday, November 25 for people interested in learning more about the corridors and planned link road.
The virtual session will not include a formal presentation, so people are invited to join at any time they wish, between 4pm and 4.45pm via nswroads.work/lrcinfosession.
The session will be recorded and made available to view online anytime. People who wish to submit questions in advance can email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 519 505.
Read the whole planning document here.