Traffic moves onto new section of the Mitchell Highway

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless announced that traffic will be moved onto a new section of road today as part of the Mitchell Highway realignment at Guanna Hill.

Mr Colless said the NSW Government is funding this $40 million project, between Orange and Molong, to upgrade the Sydney to Dubbo road corridor, a vital transport, freight, commuter and tourism route.

“It’s fantastic that traffic can now travel along a new four kilometre section of this upgrade towards the eastern end of the project,” Mr Colless said.

“This is the largest single section of the 7.2 kilometre upgrade to open to traffic and it follows the opening of the first two kilometre section in March. Work is well under way on the last section which is expected to open to traffic within the next two months.

“The new four kilometre section of the highway will provide a safer road for motorists, having removed a number of substandard crests and curves.

“The project will significantly improve road safety and reduce travel times for 3,000 motorists and freight trucks travelling along this section of highway daily. “The new four kilometre section of the highway will provide a safer road for motorists, having removed a number of tight curves and poor crests.”

Mr Colless said there have been delays to the project after record wet weather conditions at the start of the project and issues with the pavement. Issues have now been rectified and it’s great that the project will be open in the next two months.

“To ensure the project is delivered to the required standard, it is imperative quality assurance practices are followed for all road work contracts,” Mr Colless said.

“These issues have now been resolved and work is progressing well.

“The NSW Government has tripled the roads budget in Central Western NSW, we have invested over $380 million in the region, resulting in thousands of local job and there has been over 80 road infrastructure projects completed in the last six years.”

Work will continue to be carried out between times 7am to 6pm on weekdays and 8am and 5pm on Saturday, weather permitting.

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