State Funding will help get major projects on the road

Western Plains Regional Council Administrator has welcomed $2.88 million in funding through Round Two of the State Government Fixing Country Roads Program which will enable two major projects in both Dubbo and Wellington to get underway.

“Purvis Lane, which functions as a local distributor road and currently carries over 3,700 vehicles daily, will be upgraded receiving $2.26M in funding,” Mr Kneipp said.

“The existing road, was constructed well-over 60 years ago effectively as a local rural road servicing the abattoir, which has been replaced by new industries and businesses,” he said.

“The shoulders have been sealed to widen the carriageway over the past 30 years to cater for the increase in trucks accessing the general area however with this funding, the existing two lane road will be upgraded to the proposed standard of an "Industrial Distributor" road,”

“Distributor Roads are typically designed to allow truck access into adjacent properties without interrupting traffic flow,” he said.

“These improvements will upgrade the road to the standard of the proposed Freightway Ring to circle the City of Dubbo,” he said.

“This funding extends over three years with the construction period planned for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. The first year the funding is only project development money of $230,000 in 2016/2017,” he said.

Upgrades planned for Wellington have also been successful in receiving funding, with another major project that also aims to alleviate pressure on freight routes.

“The Gundy Creek Bridge on the Renshaw McGirr Way is being upgraded partly funded with $620,000 of Fixing Country Roads funding,” Mr Kneipp said.

“The existing Gundy Creek Bridge is a three span timber bridge which was condemned and has not been in use for some time,

“A temporary bypass is in use until the new bridge is constructed. At present the area is not available for B Double use and the new bridge will provide better access for rural producers in the area,” he said.

“By building better infrastructure on council owned roads and bridges we are enabling the region to provide critical support to local economies and beyond,” he said.

The $50 million Round Two instalment is part of a $500 million commitment for Fixing Country Roads from Rebuilding NSW, with funding to be progressively made available by the NSW Government.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Michael Kneipp
Council’s Administrator
6801 4000

Last Edited: 06 Jul 2016

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