Stony Creek bridge 'long overdue'

Penrith councillors Kevin Crameri and Maurice Girotto with Hawkesbury councillor Barry Calvert at the flooded causeway on Stony Creek Road, Shanes Park. Picture: Gary Warrick

Penrith councillors Kevin Crameri and Maurice Girotto with Hawkesbury councillor Barry Calvert at the flooded causeway on Stony Creek Road, Shanes Park. Picture: Gary Warrick

Penrith councillors Kevin Crameri and Maurice Girotto with Hawkesbury councillor Barry Calvert at the flooded causeway on Stony Creek Road, Shanes Park. Picture: Gary Warrick

Penrith councillors Kevin Crameri and Maurice Girotto with Hawkesbury councillor Barry Calvert at the flooded causeway on Stony Creek Road, Shanes Park. Picture: Gary Warrick

BLACKTOWN, Hawkesbury and Penrith councillors have teamed up to raise concerns over the causeway on Stony Creek Road, Shanes Park.

They believe the road and causeway should be upgraded.

Blacktown councillor Stephen Bali said the causeway was a "bombshell piece of infrastructure".

"It constantly closes. The road needs to be upgraded now," Cr Bali said.

Penrith councillor Maurice Girotto wants the state government to fund the road and causeway upgrade.

"The NSW government chose as an election promise, a footbridge across the Nepean River which was needed," Cr Girotto said.

"It has since then drastically changed into an iconic bridge with a price tag of $20 million plus $4 million and in the process important pieces of infrastructure like a bridge over Stony Creek has been forgotten.

"Unfortunately, we still have a very busy road which services Penrith, Blacktown and the Hawkesbury areas with a recorded 1814 creek crossings in 2014."

Hawkesbury councillor Barry Calvert agreed.

"Plenty of people will be using the road once a new housing estate in Marsden Park is built," Cr Calvert said.

"People will be using the road to go across to St Marys and Penrith and if it's closed then it's a long way around for people."

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesman said it was up to Blacktown and Penrith councils to maintain the road and causeway.

"The NSW government provided $500,000 in 2012 to Blacktown Council to install barriers, remove hazards, widen large drains, improve floodgates and install automatic electronic signs at each end of the road to improve safety during heavy rain," he said.

"SMS technology was also installed to ensure councils and police close gates at the earliest possible time."

According to RMS, in the last 10 years there were 23 crashes and one fatality within 100 metres of the causeway.

Hawkesbury councillor Leigh Williams agreed the causeway should be upgraded because it was dangerous.

He added that he himself was nearly involved in an accident on that road.

"I was coming home one wet night and there was more water on the crossing," he said. "The water almost washed me off."

A spokeswoman for Blacktown Council said the council was working to attain funding for a $40.7 million Stony Creek Road bridge from the federal government under the Bridges Renewal Program.

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