WORK has started on stage two of the upgrade of 3.6 kilometres of Schofields Road, between Tallawong and Veron roads.
"We are progressively upgrading Schofields Road to four lanes between Windsor and Richmond Roads with stage one opened in June," Roads Minister Duncan Gay said.
Stage two was fast-tracked to start this month, with $135 million allocated to the project.
In addition to widening the road to two lanes in each direction, new traffic lights will be built at the intersections of Hambledon, Boundary, Junction and Veron roads and at Railway Terrace.
"Safety for pedestrians and cyclists will also be improved with a shared path and new street lighting to be installed," Mr Gay said.
Bus lanes and new bus bays will also be created to improve travel on public transport.
Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly said stage two lanes were expected to open in the first half of 2017 with enough road corridor allocated for the road to be widened to six lanes in the future.