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Building Bridges in Orange
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, and Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey, today announced more than $3 million in funding for Orange City Council as part of the NSW Government’s ‘Fixing Country Roads’ initiative.
“The NSW Government is working with local councils to identify important upgrades to improve safety and freight productivity on roads that are managed and owned by local councils,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Funding will see the delivery of extensive infrastructure and upgrades along the South Orange Economic Growth Corridor.”
A 720 metre new dual carriageway will connect Huntley Road to Blowes Road, while a further 420 metres of road will be constructed through the Old Saleyard site, designed to meet the new carriageway.
A concrete bridge will also be constructed over the railway line and a new shared pedestrian and cycle path will be built to link to Orange’s existing transport networks.
“These upgrades will benefit mining, agriculture, forestry and manufacturing by creating easy, direct access for large vehicles,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This new infrastructure will give regional communities easy connections to state-owned roads and highways, allowing goods to be transported faster and more efficiently.”
Minister Pavey said better regional roads will lead to stronger local economies, more job opportunities and ultimately stronger communities.
“We are getting on with the job of providing improvements and upgrades across our freight transport networks.”
Funding is subject to final assessment by INSW following confirmation of costs, benefits, funding co-contribution and other project details.
The first two rounds of ‘Fixing Country Roads’ has so far provided $90 million in funding for 138 projects across regional NSW.
More information about Fixing Country Roads can be found at http://www.freight.transport.nsw.gov.au/strategy/projects/fixing-country-roads