Cootamundra electorate well on the way to benefit from more than $100 million investment in roads and bridges

28 February 2018

This year the NSW Government has invested over $100 million into the Cootamundra Electorate.

Today Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey alongside Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke toured some of the key road projects as part of this multi-million dollar investment.

Mrs Pavey said as part of this important work places like Temora, West Wyalong and Cowra are benefiting from safer roads and infrastructure, along with benefits of direct and indirect jobs.

“We all know that the Riverina is the food bowl for NSW, so it makes sense to invest in the region,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This year we’ve provided $3 million in bridge maintenance, nearly $10 million in natural disaster funding, $3 million as part of the safer roads program and about $44 million in road maintenance.”

Today at Bethungra Ms Cooke was pleased to announce that the latest investment of $1.5 million to widen and resurface a one kilometre section of the Olympic Highway has reached its halfway point.

“The safety of our community is paramount and this work will include widening the road from Amos Street to 250 metres north of Ulandra Creek, and installing a wire rope safety barrier,” Ms Cooke said.

“We want everyone to be able to go about their daily life with confidence in the roads they’re using.”

The project at Bethungra is part of the NSW Government’s upgrade of a four kilometre section of the Olympic Highway, which started in 2014 and is being completed in several stages.

“The project at Bethungra began early this year and is expected to be completed by the end of April, and will provide a smoother, safer road environment and reduce future maintenance requirements.”

Mrs Pavey said another key $1.95 million project for Cootamundra started today to repair and strengthen a section of the Burley Griffin Way, at Stockinbingal, about 45 kilometres west of Harden.

“Work involves repairing the road surface, improving drainage, upgrading safety barriers, signage and line marking. This project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2018, weather permitting.”

“We’re continuing to fix the blackspots, seal our country roads and work with local councils through programs such as Fixing Country Roads to deliver safety initiatives in regional areas. 

“We want to ensure that we are delivering vital infrastructure that is important to the Eastern Riverina and the NSW Government is determined to make sure that regional and rural towns get their fair share.”

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