Silver City sealing rolls on

10 April 2019

Regional NSW truckies and local families will no longer be left in the dust with two new sections of the Silver City Highway now sealed.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government was investing in some of the State’s most remote highways.

“We want to better connect our communities, see better infrastructure delivered and greater access to services for everyone across the state,” Mr Toole said.

“It shouldn’t matter if you live in Broken Hill, Bonalbo or Bombala. Everyone should have access to quality, sealed roads.

“This month 19 kilometres of newly sealed Silver City Highway as well as the new Packsaddle Bridge across Packsaddle Creek will be opened to traffic.

“The newly sealed projects mean improved accessibility for heavy vehicles carrying livestock and feed, which is especially important during drought.

“The work is part of our $145 million commitment to fast track the sealing of the remaining 209 kilometres of the Silver City and Cobb highways by early 2023.

“In the past, these highways could be closed for weeks after rainfall, which is often costly and inconvenient for freight operators and local communities.”

Work started in September last year to seal an 8 kilometre section at Warratta, while in November work started to seal an 8.7 kilometre section of the previously gravel road at Milpa Flat and Williams Tank Stage One.

As well as rebuilding and sealing traffic lanes to combat the impacts of flooding, new table drains have been installed on both sides of the road.

Further sections of work to transform the Silver City Highway from gravel road to sealed road are also in planning, with a new 4.9 kilometre section to start at Milparinka on Monday 29 April, weather permitting.

Since 2011, more than 40 percent of the Silver City Highway and 30 percent of the Cobb Highway have been sealed. More information is available at Cobb Highway and Silver City Highway sealing and upgrade program.

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