Work starts on improvements along Barrier Highway west of Cobar
17 May 2018
Road safety will soon be improved for motorists travelling along the Barrier Highway, west of Cobar, with road upgrade work to start at the end of May.
Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries is pleased to announce the NSW Government has provided $6.7 million to upgrade an11.2km section of the highway, around 137km west of Cobar, to provide a longer lasting and safer road for motorists.
“The Barrier Highway is a vital transport and freight route for western NSW which service towns and surrounding regions west of Dubbo, so it is essential to provide a safe and efficient road for all motorists,” Mr Humphries said.
“Cobar Shire Council will carry out the work on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services, which will involve widening and strengthening the road before resurfacing and line marking to provide a smoother and safer trip for all motorists.
“Before this important upgrade work is carried out, a 10m wide temporary unsealed sidetrack and connecting ramps will be built with on the western side of the highway to allow motorists to continue to use the highway while the upgrade work is under way.
“Work will also include removing vegetation, upgrading existing drainage along the road, as well as setting up site compounds, storage areas and stockpile sites.”
Mr Humphries said work will be carried out seven days a week, excluding public holidays, from Tuesday 29 May between 6am and 6pm, weather permitting.
Motorists should plan their trip, allow extra travel time and follow the direction of traffic control and all signs.
Changed traffic conditions, including a sidetrack, will be in place while work is carried out.
Roads and Maritime Services thanks the community and motorists for their patience while work is carried out.
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