Silver City and Cobb highways sealing completed

6 August 2013

Safer road for motorists on Silver City and Cobb highways

Motorists can now benefit from safer and more reliable driving conditions on the Cobb and Silver City highways with three major projects completed in far western NSW.

John Williams, The Nationals Member for Murray-Darling said the NSW Government provided $8.8 million for these regional routes to improve their quality and drivability.

“Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is improving these important highways which service residents, tourists, mines and heavy vehicles,” John Williams said.

“The work is an example of RMS’ commitment to improving regional highways in western NSW.

John Williams said widening and resurfacing work was recently completed on the Silver City Highway about 46 kilometres south of Broken Hill.

“The $3.6 million work aims to improve safety by widening and smoothing the road surface and also involved strengthening the road to accommodate B triples and mining trucks.

“The upgraded 8.5 kilometres of highway now has 3.25 metre wide lanes and one metre wide shoulders.

“RMS also recently completed improvement work on a 9.8 kilometre length of the Silver City Highway south of Packsaddle. The $4 million work involved surfacing an unsealed section of road which was often closed following wet weather. The work aims to reduce the amount of closures.

“The completed work also provides improved access between Broken Hill and Packsaddle in all weather conditions”, John Williams said.

A section of the Cobb Highway has also been sealed to improve safety and reduce closures during wet weather.

“The $1.2 million work, being carried out about 105 kilometres north of Ivanhoe at White Elephant Tank, involves sealing a three kilometre stretch of road which was previously unsealed. The project also involves improving drainage and removing roadside hazards.

“Work is expected to be completed in the next week, weather permitting.

“RMS appreciates motorists’ patience while the work was carried out,” John Williams said.

Contact: John Williams – 0438 808 722

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