The latest leg of Orange’s new southern feeder road is set to open to traffic in the coming weeks.
Due to dry weather in recent months, Council’s contractor Hamcon, is making steady progress on the two kilometre-long Stage 3 of the southern feeder road project which began in November.
It’s expected that the western section of road between Elsham Avenue and Lone Pine Ave will be sealed in the coming weeks and be opened to traffic by the end of March. Kerb and gutters have been completed and street lighting will be installed progressively.
Work has already begun on the eastern section of the project between Lone Pine Ave and the Mitchell Highway. As well as upgrading the existing Dairy Creek Road, this stage of the project also involves building a new road across a greenfield paddock and creating a new intersection with the highway.
The eastern end of the project is expected to be completed early in the second half of the year.
The new highway intersection is at the place where a billboard is currently located. It will be dismantled and re-built at another site.
Funding for the project is shared by Orange City Council, the Australian Government and the NSW Government.
The funding sources for the project are:
- The Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program – $3 million
- The NSW Government’s Infrastructure NSW Program (Regional Growth) – $3 million
- Orange City Council – $1.5 million
Final designs are still being developed for Stage 4 of the southern feeder road, prior to the project going out for tender.