Safety upgrades part of NSW works package

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New safety barriers and intersection upgrades will form part of the NSW’s latest $12 million works package, which will see safety works rolled out across Escort Way and Henry Parkes Way.

According to Paul Toole, Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, this package will add to the existing $82 million Safer Roads program that is currently being funded by the NSW’s Government.

This new funding will help to deliver safer travel between Orange and Parkes with works currently underway.

“We’re investing even more funding into the roads in the bush that communities depend on, which means a safer and smoother journey for everyone,” Toole said.

According to a statement released by the NSW Government, the Safer Roads program is estimated to have prevented the loss of  over 1500 lives and serious injuries across its 15 year lifespan.

“This is about providing life-saving improvements on Central West roads to help deliver safer trips to school, to work and to the shops,” Toole said.

10 minor projects will also be rolled out along the stretch of road, with over 20 jobs expected to be created.

Sam Farraway, Member of the Legislative Council said, “The projects include clear zone improvements, installing and replacing safety barrier and intersection upgrades at Mousehole Lane, Peabody Road, Rosamel Lane, Healeys Road, Lake Endeavour Road, Cooka Hills Road, Bindogundra Road, Hunts Crossing Road, Massurit Lane and Kamandra Lane.”

Road modifications and vegetation removal along sections of Henry Parkes Way and Escort Way will also occur, allowing for shoulder widening.

Stage one will be carried out by Cabonne Council and Parkes Shire Council with completion expected by the end of June.

Stage two is estimated to reach completion in 2022.

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