The first cars and trucks have driven over the new Southern Feeder Road’s railway overpass bridge in Orange.
Community leaders cut the ribbon Saturday morning (13 June) before the first traffic made the trip from Huntley Road to Blowes Road over the bridge that’s the newest section of the southern feeder road.
Mayor Reg Kidd, Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Jeff Whitton, Member for Calare Andrew Gee and NSW Upper House MP Sam Farraway took part in the ribbon-cutting.
Orange mayor Reg Kidd said the project was going to make an important contribution to transport links between key areas of Orange.
“I’m delighted we can partner with other tiers of government to deliver significant boosts in local infrastructure,” Cr Reg Kidd said.
“As well as making it easier for traffic to get from the highway to the Leewood industrial estate and the health precinct, the new bridge will make it a lot easier for residents of Glenroi to get to sportsgrounds, the hospital and the route to Cadia.”
The bridge and roadworks project, constructed by Haslin Constructions, included :
- the next stage of the southern feeder road, involving the construction of a 720 metre new road from Huntley Road east to Elsham Ave
- a new 23 metre long bridge over the main western railway line in South Orange.
- a 400 metre extension of Edward St from McNeilly Ave alongside the former saleyards site to the new southern feeder road
Funding for the project was shared by Orange City Council, the Australian Government and the NSW Government. The funding sources for the project includes :
- NSW Government’s Congestion and Safety program through the RMS ~ $2 million
- NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program through Restart NSW ~ $6.82 million
- Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program ~ $3.45 million
- The remaining funding comes from Orange’s City Council operational funding ($400K) and reserves set aside from developer contributions ~$5.76 million.
Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the project delivered a major transport connection for Orange.
“These new works will increase freight productivity and make it easier for our farmers to get their produce to market by providing an alternate and more direct route for heavy vehicles accessing the Leewood industrial area,” Andrew Gee said.
NSW Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the project was a crucial piece of infrastructure.
“These upgrades, like the overpass vehicles are now driving over for the first time, provides a more direct route for heavy vehicles travelling from the Mitchell Highway to the southern industrial area, which will benefit mining, agriculture, forestry and manufacturing by creating easy, safe and direct access for large vehicles,” Sam Farraway said.