Boothenba Road upgrade a welcome investment in safety

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Today’s (Thursday 18 July) announcement that the NSW Government will provide $6M on top of Council and industry’s commitment of over $2M to upgrade and improve the notorious Boothenba Road and Dubbo Regional Livestock Market (DRLM) entrance has been warmly welcomed by Dubbo Regional Council.

“For an intersection that is essentially the gateway to our region’s livestock saleyards as well as the access road to one of Australia’s most successful abattoirs, this upgrade is well and truly due and very much welcome,” said Dubbo Regional Council Mayor, Councillor Ben Shields.  “When you consider that the Dubbo Regional Livestock Market alone can receive and distribute over 1.4 million sheep and nearly quarter of a million head of cattle a year, the volume of critical vehicle traffic turning into and out of this intersection has been a real concern for some time. So this isn’t just an investment in managing traffic, it’s a major investment in safety for humans and animals alike.”

The funding for the upgrade was announced by Acting NSW Premier, The Honourable John Barilaro MP, during a site inspection of Boothenba Road with Clr Shields.

“The new upgrades will address six key outcomes, improvements to the regional NSW road freight network, increased productivity for heavy vehicles, activation of the North Dubbo industrial precinct, improved road safety, improved animal welfare, and support construction of a New Truck Stop,” said Clr Shields.  “I thank the NSW Government for once again investing in this great region and this upgrade will add to the already significant investments made in capital works by Council, state and federal governments.”  

With construction expected to be completed in late 2021, the works to Boothenba Rd will include: realigning and widening the intersection and road corridor, creation of a dedicated turning/deceleration lane into the DRLM and better integration with nearby developments while maintaining through traffic along Boothenba Road, widening of the road’s median to allow for more effective access of larger vehicles into the DRLM, improved stacking capabilities for B-triple vehicles and other high productivity vehicles while stopped at the railway line, and improved signalisation at the DRLM railway crossing to increase the flow of vehicles through the crossing - minimising the requirement to stop at the crossing.

“It is further proof that the Dubbo region is absolutely worth investing in – even when times are tough,” said Clr Shields.  “Future-proofing our infrastructure and roads means the growth and expansion of business, commerce and liveability in our region is assured.”

Last Edited: 18 Jul 2019

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