The Federal Government has committed $8.18 million towards the upgrade of County Boundary Road at Croppa Creek in Parkes, NSW.
Gwydir Shire Council will also invest $2.05 million into the project which will see 12 kilometres of the road upgraded.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the government is committed to the delivery of infrastructure projects that will better connect the regions, improve road safety and meet the national freight challenge.
“We are investing in this approximately 12 kilometre upgrade of unsealed road, better connecting freight to markets and improving heavy vehicle productivity to lower transport costs for regional businesses,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The Australian Government contribution is funded under our $4.6 billion Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, which is designed to better connect regional businesses to local and international markets.”
The project is expected to support the construction of Inland Rail through Parkes and will provide a link between Gwydir and Moree Plains shires.
Gwydir Shire Council Mayor John Coulton said Council had welcomed the Federal Government funding announcement.
“The Gwydir Council and the Australian Government are working in partnership to upgrade County Boundary Road,” Coulton said.
“This project will boost our region by providing an all-weather pavement that can support heavy vehicles travelling at up to 100 kilometres per hour.”
Works are expected to get underway mid-2021 with completion in 2022.