Next stage of Golden Highway package begins with intersection upgrade

16 February 2018

Important safety works are on the way for the Golden Highway, with a crucial intersection upgrade starting from Monday at Cobbora Road, west of Dunedoo.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the upgrade would improve safety for all drivers at the major intersection.

“A third of the 1,000 vehicles which use this intersection every day are heavy vehicles, so getting the intersection right by improving visibility for drivers and creating extra room for turning traffic is a good investment in road safety,” Mr Joyce said.

“It is all being done under our jointly funded $47.6 million Golden Highway – Belford to Dubbo improvements project.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said Cobbora Road provided direct access to the Mitchell Highway at Montefiores and the Golden Highway near Elong Elong.

“This is an important upgrade that will improve safety for motorists at this intersection by addressing safety concerns,” Mrs Pavey said.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the works would include widening and strengthening the highway, realigning the intersection to improve lines of sight and providing marked turning opportunities into and out of Cobbora Road.

“Once the work is completed, motorists will be able to enjoy a safer road, improved travel times and the removal of various roadside hazards,” Mr Coulton said.

New South Wales Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said works were planned for Monday 19 February until May 2018, from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

“Motorists should plan their trip and allow extra travel time while work is carried out. Traffic control and a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h will be in place during work hours for the safety of workers and motorists,” Mr Grant said.

The Australian Government has committed $23.795 million to the $47.64 million Golden Highway – Belford to Dubbo Improvements project under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program in partnership with the New South Wales Government.

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