The NSW Government has announced an investment of $40 million to seal every major highway in NSW.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the 2018/19 State Budget allocation for sealing country roads will ensure all of NSW’s major highways are completely sealed and weatherproof by 2023.
“This Government is committed to making sure that regional NSW is a safe and secure place to work, live and raise a family and improving our road network is essential to that,” he said.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said sealing the final 107 kilometres of the Silver City Highway and the 94 kilometres of the Cobb Highway will mean improved freight efficiency.
“This new funding will take the total investment to $130 million since 2011 which will allow provision of more than 280 kilometres of weather resilient and more durable highway,” Ms Pavey said.
“This will support tourism and economic development and ensure safer and more reliable journeys on these vital transport and freight routes which service isolated communities such as Tibooburra, Ivanhoe and Packsaddle,” she said.
Works to seal the road is currently under way, with new work to start on the last 200 kilometres in September 2018.