Planning progresses on New England Highway upgrade between Belford and Golden Highway

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that planning for the New England Highway upgrade between Belford and the Golden Highway is progressing with work on the environmental assessment now being carried out.

Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government has committed $85 million under the Rebuilding NSW Plan for the upgrade to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for motorists.

“The proposed upgrade would provide two lanes in each direction between Belford and the Golden Highway and a flyover for vehicles turning right from the Golden Highway towards Maitland and Newcastle,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The upgrade would also include a road corridor for future development of the New England Highway toward Singleton.”

Mr Johnsen said Roads and Maritime Services is working on an environmental assessment to improve understanding of any impact the upgrade may have on the project area.

“The assessment includes geotechnical investigations to determine ground conditions at the proposed site as well as investigations and consultation on any potential impact on our local Upper Hunter heritage,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Flora and fauna investigations will also be carried out to minimise any potential impact on our local biodiversity.”

Roads and Maritime will continue to work with stakeholders including nearby land owners and Singleton Council throughout the planning process.

“The environmental assessment and concept design for the proposed upgrade will be displayed for our community’s feedback mid-next year,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

A project update is available at www.rms.nsw.gov.au

MEDIA: 02 6543 1065

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