The M5 East is an important link in the Sydney Orbital network. The M5 East significantly improves access between south western Sydney, the city, and the major industrial and commercial areas of South Sydney.
In December 1997 the Roads & Traffic Authority (now Roads & Maritime Services) was given planning approval to proceed with the project, subject to 150 conditions.
In December 2001 the M5 East Motorway was opened to traffic.
The motorway has reduced traffic congestion in residential areas, improved traffic flow and removed heavy vehicles from key local roads, with safety, noise and air pollution benefits for the community.