Major milestone reached in Mitchell Highway upgrade at Guanna Hill

24 March 2018

A major milestone in the delivery of the Guanna Hill project was successfully reached last week with the opening of a new two kilometre section on the Mitchell Highway.

Work on the $40 million realignment of the Mitchell Highway at Guanna Hill is due for completion later this year, with more than half of the final road material now on site.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the NSW Government is funding this upgrade to the Sydney to Dubbo road corridor - a vital transport, freight, commuter and tourism route.

The project involves realigning seven kilometres of the highway between Orange and Molong and includes a new eastbound overtaking lane to improve safety and travel times.

“Since work started in June 2016, drainage and earthwork have been completed with more than 60 per cent of the road material delivered on site to build the new road,” the spokesperson said.

“Last week, traffic was switched on to a new two kilometre section of road, which was a key milestone in the project.

“Work is continuing on site and additional new sections of the highway will be opened to traffic and tied in to the existing road network in coming months.”

The spokesperson said the completion date for the project had been delayed due to the issues identified last year relating to material testing, the quality of the proposed road material, as well as wet weather.

For more information on this and other western NSW projects, please view: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/western-nsw/index.html.

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