Construction starts on first Pinch Point Program project

Construction has started today on a new northbound lane on Devlin Street between Victoria and Blaxland roads in Ryde that will bust congestion for local motorists.

The Devlin Street project is the first of 11 projects being delivered through the Pinch Point Program across Sydney, to get people home sooner and safer.

The program is part of the Morrison Government’s $451 million commitment to New South Wales to support priority, shovel-ready projects for an immediate economic boost into the economy in response to COVID-19.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said 1000 jobs will be supported across the Pinch Point Program.

“Not only are we addressing the very immediate needs of local motorists, but we’re creating jobs and getting cracking on projects that are shovel ready,” Mr Tudge said.

“Projects funded through our Pinch Point Program will make a very real difference to people in their day to day lives.”

NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the NSW Government is contributing $569 million in funding to improve the state’s road network, bringing the joint commitment to $1.02 billion.

“Ryde is a rapidly growing residential, commercial and shopping district and the Devlin Street works would cater to this,” Mr Constance said.

“The addition of another northbound lane will expand Devlin Street to four through-lanes, reducing delays for the more than 65,000 drivers who travel through the intersection every day,” Mr Constance said.

Federal Member for Bennelong John Alexander said Devlin Street was a key local transport corridor.

“The works will greatly assist the movement of people and goods within Sydney’s northern suburbs which is great for businesses, families and the local economy,” Mr Alexander said.

“The upgrade includes improvements to retaining walls, upgrading streetlight and overhead signage, adjusting pedestrian fencing, and road resurfacing on Devlin Street.”

New South Wales Member for Ryde Victor Dominello said the new road works would be a big win for the community.

“This investment will help ease congestion and make life easier for residents and visitors,” Mr Dominello said.

“More and more families are calling Ryde home and it is important that we deliver critical infrastructure to cater for our growing community.”

The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the works to support economic growth, job creation and road safety and to reduce congestion on Sydney roads.

Works are due to be completed by late 2022.

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