New South Wales residents will benefit from a $570 million investment from the Australia Government that will deliver congestion-busting upgrades and make regional roads safer for all motorists.
This infrastructure package will accelerate $530 million in federal funding to deliver three major regional projects aimed at boosting safety, productivity and tourism.
A $212 million new package will also be spent over the next 18 months as part of the Federal Government’s $33 billion investment on NSW infrastructure since 2013.
“We’re bringing forward these important projects to cut travel times and make roads safer while boosting jobs and the economy.
“We’re also injecting $20 million in extra funding for the final link of the vital Pacific Highway upgrade and we’ve locked in $8.8 million for the Brig O’Johnston Bridge project at Clarence Town and $7.9 million for the Davey Road Interchange in Albury,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
Project funding brought forward will include:
- $185 million for the $300 million Toowoomba to Seymour (NSW section) Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) package
- $200 million for the $400 million Newell Highway Upgrade package
- $145 million for the $500 million Princes Highway Corridor (NSW) package
On the other hand, additional funding will include:
- $20 million for the Pacific Highway Woolgoolga to Ballina Project
- $4 million for the $20 million Dixons Long Point Crossing project
The significant investment also includes confirmed funding comprised of:
- $8.8 million for the Brig O’Johnston Bridge project
- $7.9 million for the Davey Road Interchange project
“The Government recognises the need for these key rural roads to receive the upgrades they need to be safer, more efficient transport corridors as soon as possible,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said.
According to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the State Government has a strong record of working with the Australian Government to deliver vital road and rail projects.
“I am especially pleased that accelerated federal funding for key initiatives such as the Newell Highway upgrades, and the Princes Highway corridor will enable us to get on with the job of delivering the state’s record infrastructure investment program,” the Premier said.
Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said that the Australia Government is getting on with the delivery of projects that will bust congestion for NSW residents.
“We are continuing to work with the NSW Government to deliver signature projects in Sydney and across the State, including NorthConnex and WestConnex.
“At the same time we are tackling local pinch points and smaller traffic headaches with our Urban Congestion Fund that will deliver 49 projects across Sydney and surrounds,” Mr Tudge said.
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance has welcomed the infrastructure package.
“Across the state, $55.6 billion is being invested in transport and roads infrastructure over the next four years, and we are pleased to be able to accelerate the delivery of some of the highest priority projects thanks to the Federal Government’s support,” Mr Constance said.
This significant package is a big win for regional NSW as infrastructure projects are fast-tracked to deliver benefits for the region.
“This is a fantastic example of federal and state governments working closely together to deliver concrete outcomes across the state, including for regional communities,” NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said.
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