Stimulus accelerates regional road projects


Regional economies will receive a shot in the arm as road and maintenance works are accelerated as part of a $100 million stimulus to support jobs and local businesses.

Minister for Regional Roads and Transport Paul Toole said the stimulus, funded by the NSW Government’s $2.3 billion COVID-19 package announced in March, has allowed Transport for NSW to bring forward and deliver projects in addition to its planned program of work.

“Across the regions, we’ve accelerated $100 million of big and small projects – projects that will help deliver safer, smoother and more reliable journeys for local communities right across the State,” Mr Toole said.

“More than 70 projects have already kicked off or will in the next few weeks, with more projects being assessed for the next financial year.

“This will provide a much needed boost to regional communities by supporting jobs and businesses through the sourcing of local supplies. While other activities have been restricted during COVID-19, infrastructure projects continue to forge ahead.”

Projects already under way include:

  • $1.1 million for road resurfacing projects in the Hunter region;
  • $1.5 million for safety improvements at the Pacific Highway Failford Road intersection on the Mid North Coast; and
  • $500,000 to fast track safety work to stabilise high risk slopes along the Alpine Way in the Snowy Mountains.

Mr Toole said the stimulus covered a diverse range of works right across the State.

“This will ensure that all regions benefit from the accelerated stimulus funding for maintenance and road works,” Mr Toole said.

“For example, in the south we’ve been able to bring forward works in bushfire-affected communities to resurface roads such as Kings Highway and the Snowy Mountains Highway over Brown Mountain.

“We’re also fast tracking widening of the Newell Highway – a key freight corridor – and investing in a significant boost to safety on the Mitchell Highway near the South Australian border with the addition of 400 kilometres of rumble strips.”