Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Major work begins on Smithfield Road upgrade

Media Release

AT045/2019

29 March 2019

Joint release with:

Cr Frank Carbone

Mayor
Fairfield City Council

Work has started on the $16.4 million upgrade of Smithfield Road – one of Fairfield’s busiest arterial roads.

The project – fully funded by the Morrison Government - will create a four-lane, two-way carriageway between Polding Street and Elizabeth Drive, significantly improving traffic flow.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the upgrade will bust the heavy congestion motorists face during their daily commute.

“We want to get people home sooner and safer and this upgrade will help boost the capacity of Smithfield Road’s intersections and improve access,” Mr Tudge said.

“We have worked hard to make sure motorists in Fairfield and across Western Sydney are spending more time doing what’s important – and less time sitting in traffic.”

Works will include widening sections of Smithfield Road to achieve four continuous lanes along its full 5.4 kilometres length, new traffic lights at Richards Road at the entry to the Fairfield Showground and improved road approach to Elizabeth Drive with additional right turn bay capacity.

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said the current travel times impacted families, businesses and the environment.

“Smithfield Road has long been synonymous with heavy traffic as thousands of commuters chase the sun each morning and evening,” Cr Carbone said.

“Time spent in traffic is time wasted, time that could be better spent with family and friends or in active, healthy pursuits.

“It also costs local businesses money in lost productivity when workers and deliveries are stuck in traffic, and costs the environment with the noise and pollution traffic jams cause.

“This project will give valuable time back to our families and businesses and will make Fairfield City an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

The Smithfield Road Upgrade is expected to be completed by mid-2020, weather permitting.

The $16.4 million Smithfield Road Upgrade is fully funded by the Morrison Government through the $200 million Local Roads Package, part of the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan funded in partnership with the New South Wales Government.