Fixing country roads In Narromine
3 September 2014
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today officially opened upgraded intersections near the newly-aligned section of Derribong Street in Narromine as part of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program.
“Fixing Country Roads is a $37.5 million funding program to better link local and regional roads to state highways, helping to move road freight from paddock to port more efficiently,” Minister Gay said.
“Enhancing road freight productivity also helps to reduce ‘wear and tear’ on regional roads.”
“The NSW Government provided a $850,000 grant under Fixing Country Roads, towards the Narromine Shire Council-led project to provide a heavy vehicle specific route around the town.
“With the completion of significant road and intersection upgrades, trucks including B-doubles and road trains no longer have to travel through the Narromine town centre.
Mr Grant said: “Narromine is a key agricultural hub in central western NSW, with the efficient transport of grain, cotton and livestock being vital to the continued economic success of the region.
“Several years ago, in support of local and regional agriculture, Narromine Shire Council opened some of the town’s roads to B-doubles and road trains.
“Due to the increase in the number of trucks, these roads have needed increaseed maintenance including the Derribong Street intersection with Alagalah Street and the intersection of Terangion and Alagalah streets.
Mr Gay said the upgrades were a tribute to the success of various levels of government working together to improve freight access and safety for the benefit of country communities and economies.
“Local Member and Minister Troy Grant was instrumental in securing the NSW Government funding for this project. I would also like to congratulate Narromine Mayor Bill McAnnally and Narromine Council for their continuous effort. ”
Narromine Shire Council is now carrying out work to landscape the area near the newly upgraded intersections.
MEDIA: Siobhan McCarthy 0407 791 802 (Minister Gay)
Briony Ferguson 0409 866 734 (Mr Grant)
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