Local workforce upgrading the Newell Highway at Trewilga to have new road open to traffic this month
30 October 2017
A team of more than 34 people, 80 per cent of whom are local or regional residents – are ensuring work on the $36 million safety upgrade of the Newell Highway at Trewilga is on track for completion early next year.
Parliamentary for Western NSW Rick Colless said the upgrade between Parkes and Peak Hill started in August last year and involves building a new 6.5 kilometre section of road, 2.6 kilometres of which is on a new alignment. Other improvements include a northbound over taking lane, widening the road and providing a truck parking area.
“This section of the Newell Highway is a key freight route and this project is a key example of the NSW Government’s investment to improve the efficiency of the state’s freight movement,” Mr Colless said.
“This project is generating considerable local employment and jobs ranging from traffic control to crane operation and concreting.
“The aim is always to create as much local employment with road improvement projects on state roads and the safety upgrade project at Trewilga is well and truly delivering on this.
“Aboriginal participation in construction on the project is 3.5 per cent of the project cost, which is more than double the 1.5 per cent target.”
Local companies which have been employed in the Trewilga safety upgrade include:
- Mudgee - A1 Earthworks
- Parkes - Astrodish Motel, Blayney Cranes, C & R Earthworks, Calvani Crushing, Coates Hire, Cudal Lime, Cutting Edge Lawns Parkes, Hanson Concrete, Kennards Hire, K & H Geotechnical, Moo Mas Printing, Parkes Shire Council.
- Dubbo - Barnson, Cobar Cranes, Concrete World Industries, Dubbo Truck Cranes, Dubbo Truck Electrics, Fulton Hogan, Maas Plant Hire, Matt Diamond Plumbing, Regional Quarries, A1 Tree Services.
- Manildra - Box Trim, Inco Group, R & R Civil.
- Gunnedah - City and Country Concrete.
- Orange - Colour City Waste, Geolyse Australia, JR Richards, Orange Hire.
- Peak Hill - Agriwest.
- Bathurst - Macquarie Geotech, Sunset Fencing, Bridging Australia.
- Kempsey - Macleay Valley Transport.
- Forbes - Work Control.
Mr Colless said work is progressing to schedule on the project and traffic is due to be switched on to the new section of road on Wednesday 1 November, weather permitting.
“Work to follow this traffic switch will include tree planting and landscaping, completion of drainage work, completion of the connection to the Newell Highway north of the project, signage installation and line marking.
“Once all work has been completed, the speed limit will be increased to 110 km/h.”
Visit the Newell Highway realignment page for more information.
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