NSW Stimulus Program Boosting Road And Rail Upgrades
The NSW stimulus program of $100 million in funding will accelerate more than 150 road and rail projects. The injection of funding will fast-track shovel-ready road and maintenance works to support more than 600 jobs across regional NSW.
The NSW stimulus program was funded by the NSW Government’s $2.3 billion COVID-19 package announced last March, to help keep regional economies ticking and to create local jobs.
The accelerated maintenance program has fast-tracked projects that have proven a lifeline for communities – delivering safer roads and stronger freight and rail connections, as well as creating local jobs when they were needed most.
Right across the state, the NSW stimulus program is rolling out about 400km rumble strips. This reduces the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes by up to 25 per cent. The program is also upgrading 200km of rail line, improving carparks and customer amenities at 15 regional railway stations.
More than $500,000 of roadside barriers and other safety upgrades to the Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road have been rolled out. Almost $2 million to rehabilitate the road on the Kings Highway near Nelligen has also been contributed, and more than $1 million to rehabilitate a three-kilometre section of the Sturt Highway near Euston.
Almost $770,000 went towards work on the Golden Highway near Muswellbrook, more than $826,000 for road intersection upgrades in Taree, and more than $5 million for Newell Highway upgrades at Pilliga, between Narrabri and Moree, and from Mungleback Creek to the Queensland border.
In the state’s far west, $1.5 million was spent strengthening and widening a section of the Silver City Highway at Kellys Creek, south of Broken Hill.
The NSW stimulus package funding has also allowed Transport for NSW to deliver more projects in addition to the planned program of work, providing an essential boost to regional economies by supporting local jobs, businesses and sourcing local supplies.
Monday 12th July 2021 – Media Release
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