Work will get under way in the coming months on the upgrade of a rural section of Forest Road, 7 kms south of Orange.
The NSW Government today announced $297,000 funding for the project from the Drought Relief Heavy Vehicle Access Program.
The funds will be spent upgrading a 500 metre section of Forest Rd, south of the Ginns Road intersection.
The surface of the badly damaged rural road will be removed and the underlying pavement will be rehabilitated, before re-surfacing. The new surface will be widened to be nine metres across.
Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd said that he is delighted to be working with the NSW Government on this long-term project of upgrading Forest Road.
“Forest Road is an important link between Orange and nearby villages of Millthorpe and Spring Hill,” Cr Kidd said.
“This upgrade of this 500 metre section of Forest Road is another step in the council’s long-term aim of improving the quality of Forest Road work. Planning is under way to work on further sections of the road,” he said.
Work will start in the coming months.
It’s expected to take a number of weeks to complete the project. Weather permitting, will be completed by the end of May.
Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless said the funding will tackle damage to roads caused by heavy transport.
The upgrade “will improve wear and tear on council roads and support increased heavy vehicle movements in and out of Orange and surrounding local communities,” Mr Colless said.
“There are increasing movements of stock, feed and water in our regions and this program aims to support our locals as part of the State’s drought relief package,” he said.