WestConnex New M5 community site tours
16 Sep 2017
In a WestConnex first, the New M5 project team has opened the construction gates at St Peters Interchange to give local residents a behind-the-scenes look at the hive of activity underway on site.
New M5 Director Ken Reynolds said more than 80 St Peters residents donned hi-vis and safety wear to take part in guided bus tours for the inaugural New M5 community site tour getting a first-hand look at the significant progress taking place at one of the major construction sites for the project.
“On the ground and beneath the surface, the site of the old Alexandria Landfill is being completely transformed as work to deliver the St Peters Interchange,” Mr Reynolds said.
“Forming part of Australia’s largest infrastructure project, today’s site tours has given the local community the opportunity to inspect the sheer size and scale of the work underway and see the story so far, including the New M5 tunnel entry and exit points at the corner of Canal Road and the Princes Highway."
“We are working closely with the local community to provide regular updates as work continues and today’s tour has allowed residents to gain further insight, while also getting the chance to ask questions of our construction team while out on site.
“At the interchange alone, there are around 430 workers on site each day and almost 100 plant and machinery helping to support activities including tunnelling, piling, excavation and earthworks and the construction of nine new bridges which will be built largely below surface level and form a key feature of the interchange.”
The St Peters Interchange will connect to Kingsgrove via twin nine kilometre tunnels which will run roughly parallel to the existing M5 East and double the M5 motorway corridor from two to four lanes in each direction. It will also provide connections to the M4-M5 Link and Sydney Gateway.
On completion motorists will be able to travel from Beverly Hills to St Peters in around 10 minutes.
“Work at the St Peters Interchange remains on track – tunnelling at St Peters has progressed almost 1km with six roadheader machines now in operation and tunnelling of the mainline tunnels and connections to the future M4-M5 Link under way,” Mr Reynolds said.
More than just a motorway, the development of the St Peters Interchange will provide significant benefits for the local community, enabling public use for the first time in decades with 8.5 hectares of new green space being created, which will also connect to Sydney Park via a new land bridge across Campbell Road.”
Local roads are also being upgraded and widened as part of the project - Campbell Street, Campbell Road and Euston Road will be widened.
The New M5 will open to traffic in early 2020. The New M5 will more than double the capacity of the M5 East corridor, providing relief for motorists currently stuck on one of Sydney’s most congested roads.