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We had a look at Campbell & Euston Roads around Sydney Park yesterday. Even though I expected this having seen the beginning of the demolition, actually looking at the carnage was difficult. I cannot believe the size of the spaghetti junction (officially known as the St Peters Interchange). It is mammoth.
I found it sad to look at mounds of earth where once were people’s homes & where a significant band of very tall trees once stood.
I am really interested to see if the artist’s impression of the green & leafy St Peters Interchange will actually look like it is depicted 10-years post completion. In the image trees soar above the elevated roadway. It looks almost utopian.
The Sydney Park side of Campbell Street has yet to undergo tree clearing. To see all those beautiful mature trees that will be chopped down & mulched is sobering. I hope we do not end up with yet another main road devoid of street trees.
The Euston Road side of Sydney Park is a mass of dirt. What was once thick trees in the park is now waiting to become bitumen. I don’t know whether this was true for all hours of the day, but whenever I have gone there, this road has always been sleepy. Yes, there was traffic, but not much of it. That will change once it becomes part of the motorway, but I do wonder where the traffic will go once it gets here.
While we were looking through the cyclone fencing at the old Dial a Dump site, a security man drove up & parked a couple of metres from where we were standing & watched us. I found this action surprising as we were on a public road outside a gate in broad daylight, dressed in normal clothes, making no movement to enter the property & carrying nothing more than a camera. He was parked further down Campbell Street, but chose to come real close. It was somewhat threatening.
Lastly, the Stop WestConnex community must be feeling vindicated when the news this week released that the $16.8 billion price tag for WestConnex motorway is projected to blossom to almost $29 billion more than expected, at least this is what analysis by the City of Sydney Council suggests.
“The analysis, which is disputed by the state government, argues WestConnex and its connecting roads combined will cost more than $45 billion, after the extra roads are added to the project’s $16.8 billion public price tag.”
Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore said, “Just one exit from WestConnex in St Peters, for example, will require more than $1 billion of publicly funded road upgrades to manage the extra 30,000 cars that will pour into the area daily.” See- http://bit.ly/2of6rjw
Every entrance & exit from WestConnex will require road work.