Western NSW Freight Productivity Program – Sealing parts of Cobb and Silver City Highways and Kidman Way
$40.4 million has been allocated to RMS for upgrade works on the Silver City and Cobb Highway, including $4.7 million for widening the road to create an aircraft landing strip for the Royal Flying Doctor Service near Shannon’s Creek.
The Silver City and Cobb highways are vital transport and freight routes for far western NSW that help to service Broken Hill, Wilcannia and Ivanhoe, and surrounding regions. The sealing works will support transport and freight interstate and intrastate as well as supporting tourism.
You can read more about the Western NSW Freight Productivity Program here.
Regional Freight Pinch Point and Safety Program - Gocup Road
$70 million has been allocated to RMS to complete the full upgrade of Gocup Road as part of the $200 million Restart NSW Regional Freight Pinch Point and Safety Program.
Gocup Road is the main link from Tumut and surrounding towns to the Hume Highway at Gundagai, which provides farmers and businesses with access to vital markets in Sydney and the Illawarra, including Port Kembla. The fully upgraded Gocup Road, including extra climbing lanes and major widening works, will support regional transport and freight in south western NSW.
You can read more about the Gocup Road project here.
Bells Line of Road Corridor Improvement Program
In February 2014, the Restart NSW Fund provided $28 million towards the $48 million upgrade to the Bells Line of Road Corridor Improvement Program. This project was identified in the NSW Government's State Infrastructure Strategy as a priority for regional freight access to markets.
The first stage of works has now begun - the construction of a one kilometre eastbound overtaking lane on the Bells Line of Road west of Kurrajong Heights. Work to build the overtaking lane between Patterson Ridge Fire Trail and Glenara Road at Kurrajong Heights is expected to be completed by October 2014, weather permitting.
In January 2015 Infrastructure NSW recommended allocating $4 million for planning the next stage of work on Bells Line of Road.
More information is available from the Roads and Maritime website here.
Bridges for the Bush
Following a recommendation by Infrastructure NSW in its State Infrastructure Strategy, the NSW Government has agreed that $135 million should be reserved from Restart NSW for the Bridges for the Bush program.