Heavy vehicle routes in south Orange will soon be more efficient, more reliable and safer thanks to a $6,454,000 investment under round six of the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the funding will increase productivity by providing an alternate and more direct route for heavy vehicles to the south Orange industrial area and Mitchell Highway, and will also bypass the retail and urban streets of Orange’s CBD.
“We all understand how important it is to upgrade these roads – we all drive them often and see firsthand the jobs and opportunities agriculture and transport brings to the Central West,” Mr Gee said.
“I’m pleased that the Federal Government has delivered this significant funding boost. Good, safe roads are the lifeblood of regional communities – it means local drivers have safer conditions and local businesses can operate more efficiently.”
Mr Gee said the $6,454,000 investment by the Federal Government will go towards two projects:
• $3,454,000 towards the construction of 720m of new dual carriageway and a 23m single span four-lane bridge over the Orange to Dubbo railway line, which will form a direct link between Blowes Road and Huntley Road; and
• $3,000,000 towards completing the final stage of the Southern Feeder Road and will include widening, strengthening, realigning and resealing around 2.2kms of the Blowes Road and Dairy Creek Road.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the funding was a major step forward for the project.
“This section of the project is a critical link creating a connection to the Orange Health Service, the new private hospital and Cadia Valley Operations. It will improve safety and support growth in south Orange,” Cr Kidd said.
“The North Orange Bypass created economic development opportunities in the north and Southern Feeder Road will do the same on the other side of the city.”
More on the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, including a full list of successful Round Six projects, is available at: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx