Lake Macquarie Road Upgrade Now Complete

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Locals are benefitting from the NSW Government’s $100 million stimulus spend to accelerate shovel-ready road and maintenance works, with safety upgrades to Macquarie Road now complete.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the project was among 150 road and rail projects to be delivered under stimulus, funded by the NSW Government's $2.3 billion COVID-19 package announced last March, to help keep regional economies ticking and to create local jobs.

“Right across the State, this program alone has delivered 400 kilometres of rumble strips, which reduce the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes by up to 25 percent, upgraded 200 kilometres of rail line, and improved carparks and customer amenities at more than 15 regional railway stations,” Mr Toole said.

“Bringing these projects forward through stimulus funding has given our regional communities a real shot-in-the-arm, especially those who have suffered a triple whammy of drought, bushfires and
COVID-19.

“The Accelerated Capital Maintenance (ACM) program was designed to fast-track projects that have proven a lifeline for our community - delivering safer roads and stronger freight and rail connections, as well as creating local jobs when they’re needed most.”

Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said the $613,000 project involved rebuilding the road surface along a 500-metre section of Macquarie Road between John Street and Myall Road at Cardiff.

“It’s great that the ACM package allowed Transport for NSW to bring forward and deliver projects like this in addition to its planned program of work,” Mr Piper said.

“On top of delivering a stronger, smoother road for the 16,000 motorists that use this section each day, this project also supported about 20 local jobs, helping keep our local economy ticking.”