New bridges and road upgrades are among 21 new projects to receive investment from the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government to improve freight movements across rural and regional NSW, Member for Murray Austin Evans announced today.

“The Fixing Country Roads program is one of the largest undertakings ever seen across regional NSW and these new projects will mean we have 302 individual upgrades either completed or being delivered,” Mr Evans said.

“Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads is helping regional communities by upgrading worn out bridges, sealing often unpassable roads, building and upgrading truck washes and offering alternatives for people needing to travel between freight facilities, regional communities and main state roads.”

“It’s great to see another 21 projects being added to that success story,” Mr Evans said

New projects in the region will include –

  • Jerilderie Road widening. This project has a $1.1 million injection from the NSW Government and involves extending the road shoulder by one metre with construction of the pavement and seal for the 26 kilometres, starting from the intersection with the Cobb Highway. It will benefit the region by providing B-doubles and road trains with greater efficiency of freight movements.
  • Bridge and approach road construction on the Whitton-Darlington Point Road. This project has a $2.7 million injection from the NSW Government. It will see a new concrete 3 span bridge and road alignment. It will benefit the region through avoiding a 10 kilometre detour for around 12,000 vehicles per year and encouraging the potential growth of freight by up to 17,000 vehicles per year.

Central to Fixing Country Roads are projects which show the potential to improve freight delivery, journey times and safety outcomes.

“These are important benefits for all the community, from producers to tourists, or the local school bus who all share these roads,” Mr Evans said.

NSW Restart Fixing Country Roads is a $543 million program targeted to improve regional interconnectivity and productivity.