Work will start later this year on the next stage of the southern feeder road.
With work due to start in the coming weeks on the southern feeder Stage 2 project of building a new rail overpass over the western rail line, Stage 3 will stretch from Elsham Ave to the Mitchell Highway.
The 2 km section of road will see an upgrade of Blowes Road and Dairy Creek Road to handle heavy transport.
Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd said works on this road has been welcomed by the community.
“With work about to begin on the new rail overpass bridge over the western rail line, this Stage 3 section of the Southern Feeder will deliver a crucial connection to freight traffic coming off the Mitchell Highway, “ Cr Reg Kidd said.
“The council is working hard on plans for a Life Sciences Precinct around the hospital zone, and better transport infrastructure is going to make all the difference, as organisations like Charles Sturt University look at building a presence in this precinct.”
“Orange City Council is delighted to be working in partnership with the NSW and federal governments to deliver this crucial piece of infrastructure. This $3 million funding from the NSW Government together with $3 million from the Australian government will let work get underway on this project before the end of the year.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless said the funding will create local jobs and grow the local economy by bringing dollars into the region.
Mr Colless said the $3 million grant from the Growing Local Economies Fund will link to stage 2 of the Southern Feeder Road which will benefit mining, agriculture, forestry and manufacturing by creating easy, direct access for large vehicles.
“Road upgrades such as these are highly important to regional areas as they increase productivity, drive jobs and create opportunities in industries such as agriculture and transport.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the project is one of seven new projects that will receive Growing Local Economies Fund grants this month, to kick-start or reignite regional NSW economies.
“I congratulate Orange City Council on this funding win and look forward to seeing how this funding will bring benefits for local contractors in the short term and the growth it will provide businesses in the region in the long-term,” Mr Barilaro said.
The $500 million Growing Local Economies Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund, which delivers essential infrastructure to spur job creation, improve connectivity and support community amenity, engagement and culture.