The Diamond proposal for Picton Road intersection
A Diverging Diamond Interchange is being proposed at the Picton Road and M31 Hume Motorway interchange under a bold new plan to improve safety, reliability and efficient travel for motorists.
Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward says the NSW Government is seeking feedback on the preferred option for the interchange.
“The Macarthur region is expanding in population faster than anywhere else across the state, which is why it is so important to have this road connection in place so families moving to the area can get to work and school,” said Mrs Ward.
“This innovative proposed design allows free flowing turns when exiting and entering Picton Road meaning fewer traffic light phases, making the interchange safer and more efficient for motorists.
“This project forms part of the broader upgrade of Picton Road between the Nepean River and the M1 Princes Motorway, which is a key link between the Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney.”
The NSW Government has allocated $44 million over four years for the planning of the upgrade of Picton Road and the Australian Government has committed $95.6 million to the planning of the upgrade of Picton Road and Picton bypass projects.
The Picton Road and M31 Hume Motorway Diverging Diamond Interchange is the second to be proposed in NSW, with one currently proposed for Australia Avenue, Homebush.
Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith MP says the NSW Government has responded to community feedback calling for improvements on Picton Road and has spent the past 12 months developing a preferred option for the interchange.
“Current and future residents of Wollondilly and surrounding region will soon have an intersection that will cut travel time and provide a safer route on to the Hume Motorway,” Mr Smith said.
“We know there are delays, congestion, and frustration for those using the interchange which contributes to less reliable access to Picton Road. As our population continues to grow, we must be able to accommodate more traffic through the interchange.”
Timing and funding for major work on the new interchange, are yet to be confirmed.