The Sun Herald schreef:
A 25-metre high dirt pyramid will mark the Liverpool interchange of the Westlink M7. Exclusive plans revealed by Roads Minister Joe Tripodi show how the grass-covered pyramid will become a landmark in Sydney's south-west. The pyramid will be capped in a red peak and will be lit up at night by a blue light.
Compacted soil collected during construction of the M7 - which is being built under a joint venture between Abigroup and Leighton Holdings - will be used for the pyramid.
"The design is a world first, using about 100,000 tonnes of soil from the area," Mr Tripodi said. "It will become a local landmark and a reference point for people travelling in western Sydney. We know people use the Crossroads as a guide but soon everyone will be using the pyramid instead. It will look spectacular all lit up at night."
The Westlink M7 is a 40-kilometre road that will link three motorways - the M5 at Prestons, the M4 at Eastern Creek and the M2 at Baulkham Hills. The Eastern Creek interchange is a 23-metre high jumble of roads next to the old Wonderland site. It has been named the Light Horse interchange in honour of the infantry brigade that trained at the site before going off to war.
A 55-metre light tower will rise through the middle of the interchange. There will be about 2000 red bollards in among bands of green native plants in the median strips on the approach to the interchange, which is a nod to the regimental colours of the Light Horse Brigade. Work on the M7 is ahead of schedule; it is expected to open next April.
The $1.5 billion motorway will have two lanes in each direction. The lanes will be divided by a wide tract of land that has been left to accommodate future possible public transport routes. The M7 will replace the Cumberland Highway as the National Highway route through Sydney.
"The Liverpool interchange is the junction of the motorways connecting Sydney with the Southern Highlands, Canberra and Victoria," Mr Tripodi said. It will bypass 48 sets of traffic lights and a cycleway will run along the whole route. Seventeen interchanges along the motorway will provide access to Liverpool, Fairfield, Blacktown and Baulkham Hills. It would slash travel time from Liverpool to Pennant Hills to just 30 minutes, Mr Tripodi said.
There will be one catch to the motorway, though - the cost. Drivers will have to cough up 29.25 cents per kilometre they travel, but the cost is capped after 20 kilometres.
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