Safer journeys between Orange And Parkes


10 May 2021

New safety barriers and intersection upgrades will form part of a $12 million package of works rolling out on The Escort Way and Henry Parkes Way to deliver safer, more reliable journeys between Orange and Parkes.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said work on safety upgrades along a 96-kilometre section of road being funded by the NSW Government’s $822mmillion Safer Roads program are now 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,” Mr Toole said.

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

“The NSW Government is committed to building a safer, stronger regional NSW and the investment we’re making in projects just like this through our Safer Roads program is estimated to prevent the loss of more than 1500 lives and serious injuries on our roads over 15 years. That’s 1500 people making it home safely to their families because of this work.”

Member of the Legislative Council Sam Farraway said 10 projects would roll out along the stretch, with shovels first hitting the ground last week, supporting an estimated 20 local jobs.

“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,” Mr Farraway said.

“Work will also involve vegetation removal along various sections of Henry Parkes Way and the Escort Way to allow for shoulder widening.”

The projects will be split into two stages and delivered by Cabonne Council and Parkes Shire Council, on behalf of Transport for NSW. Stage one work will be completed by the end of June and the second stage will be finished in 2022.