$5.1 billion for Roads and Maritime

18 June 2013

$5.1 billion for Roads and Maritime in 2013-2014 State Budget

The NSW Government will invest $5.1 billion to build and maintain critical road and maritime infrastructure across NSW in the 2013-2014 State Budget.

This means in the past three years the Liberals & Nationals Government has provided almost $15 billion for the state’s roads, bridges and wharves.

“This year’s budget includes $1 billion investment for the continued upgrade of the Pacific
Highway to a four lane, divided road,” Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay said.

“The NSW Government recognises the need to inject significant funds into rural and regional communities with major commitments to the Pacific and Princes highways and the Hunter Expressway,” he said.

Some key features of this year’s roads and maritime budget include:

  • $2.6 billion for new roads infrastructure to boost productivity, grow the economy and create jobs
  • $1.5 billion to maintain and improve the State’s existing roads
  • $238 million for road safety
  • $62 million to ease Sydney’s congestion; and
  • $17 million for maritime wharf upgrades.

$32 million of the $246 million Pinch Point Program will be invested in 2013/14 to help ease congestion on the Sydney’s roads.

As part of the $1 billion investment in the Pacific Highway, $220 million of State and Federal funds has been allocated to continue work on the dual carriageway upgrade of the highway between Tintenbar to Ewingsdale, north of Ballina.

The 17 kilometre upgrade will reduce travel times, freight transport costs and boost safety for thousands of vehicles using the Pacific Highway each day.

There is also $180 million for the dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway between
Frederickton and Eungai, north of Kempsey (joint State and Federal funded project).

Once completed in 2016, this new 26.5 kilometre duplicated section will provide flood immunity for a one-in-a-hundred year event and link up with the recently completed Kempsey Bypass.

Mr Gay said upgrading new sections and completing safety improvements to the existing highway have brought major improvements to road conditions.

The Pacific Highway duplication will complete a high quality highway network linking the four east coast capital cities, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

The Government has also allocated $115 million to continue work on the Princes Highway Gerringong upgrade between Mount Pleasant and Toolijooa Road. The upgrade will provide 7.5 kilometres of upgraded highway and include two new interchanges to access Gerringong and Gerroa.

In 2013/14 the NSW Government committed around $2.7 billion of Restart NSW funds to growing and improving the state’s road network over the next four years, with $553 million to be spent in 2013/14. This funding will support the WestConnex Motorway, WestConnex Enabling Works in the Port Botany and Sydney Airport Precinct, the Pacific and Princes highways, Bridges for the Bush, and addressing congestion pinch points in Sydney.

The NSW Government has allocated an additional $157 million over four years from the Housing Acceleration Fund to accelerate road upgrades to support population and employment growth in Western Sydney growth areas. Accelerated projects include Old Wallgrove Road, Schofields Road and Richmond Road. This additional funding contributes to a total state investment of $211 million in 2013/14.

Other major allocations in 2013-14 include:

Pacific Highway

  • $145 million to continue work on the dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Coffs Harbour (Sapphire) and Woolgoolga (State and Federal funded)
  • $140 million to commence construction of the dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific
  • Highway between Nambucca Heads and Urunga (State and Federal funded).

Princes Highway

  • $115 million for Mount Pleasant to Toolijooa Road as part of the Gerringong upgrade
  • $19 million to complete planning and award the design and construct contract for the Foxground and Berry bypass, subject to planning approval
  • $18 million to complete the four-lane upgrade at South Nowra.

Newell Highway

  • $5 million for overtaking lanes.

Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road

  • $47 million to complete work on the four lane upgrade of the Great Western Highway between Woodford and Hazelbrook (State and Federal funded)
  • $43 million to continue work on the final upgrade projects east of Katoomba, at Bullaburra and between Bullaburra and Wentworth Falls
  • $1 million to start the Bells Line of Road Improvement Program.

Western Sydney Roads

  • $87 million to continue construction of the final three stages of the upgrade of Camden Valley Way to four lanes
  • $38 million to continue planning and construction of Schofields Road
  • $33 million to continue planning and construction of Richmond Road.

Central Coast Roads

  • $4 million for planning work for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway and Wyong Road intersection
  • $800,000 to begin the upgrade the Wyong Road Enterprise Drive intersection
  • $800,000 to begin the upgrade the Wyong Road from Mingara Drive to Tumbi Road. 

Hunter Roads

  • $222 million to complete the Hunter Expressway between the Pacific Motorway (F3) at Seahampton and the New England Highway at Branxton (State and Federal funded)
  • $30 million to complete the Newcastle Inner Bypass between Shortland and Sandgate.

Bridges for the Bush

  • $72 million to support Road Freight Safety and Productivity including Bridges for the Bush and the Aberdeen Bridge over Hunter River.

WestConnex Motorway and enabling works

  • $111 million to start the WestConnex Motorway
  • $29 million for works on existing roads in the Port Botany and Sydney Airport Precinct to support the WestConnex Motorway.

Key capital maritime projects
$16.9 million to upgrade wharves including the following locations:

  • Balmain East Darling Street Wharf
  • McMahons Point Henry Lawson Avenue Wharf
  • Mosman Bay Avenue Road Wharf.

MEDIA: Lance Northey 0467 743 192

View the media release: $5.1 billion for Roads and Maritime in 2013-2014 State Budget (PDF).

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