$7 Million Extra for Queanbeyan Local Roads
NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Monaro John Barilaro have announced the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government would invest $5 million to upgrade a major intersection at Jerrabomberra and $2 million to help seal the Wanna Wanna Road.
Mr Grant said the investments would provide improved safety at the intersection of Tompsitt and Lanyon Drive, Jerrabomberra and on the busy stretch of unsealed pavement on Wanna Wanna Road.
“After 16 years of Labor neglect, Monaro is on the move again with the Liberals & Nationals Government helping to dramatically improve the local and regional road network,” Mr Grant said.
“In 16 years, Labor never invested in a Queanbeyan Ring Road or extra overtaking lanes on the Monaro Highway or new bridges at Captains Flat and Dalgety or injected a historic $62.5 million to fast track Kings Highway upgrades – Labor appallingly took the people of the Monaro for granted.”
“I’m particularly disgusted at the Labor candidate’s announcement last week to terminate the Ring Road project if he is elected – Labor’s continued inaction on this vital project is truly staggering.”
Mr Gay said only the NSW Liberals & Nationals could be trusted to deliver what the community needs and deserves – John Barilaro knows how to run a business and get things done; he’s a street fighter.
“This is about making life easier for the motorists of Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra, giving them safer roads and allowing then to spend more time with their families and less time in their cars,” Mr Gay said.
The $7 million investment is part of the annual roads and freight budget for the state, with works to commence in partnership with the Queanbeyan City Council in 2015-16.
Mr Barilaro said he was proud the NSW Liberals & Nationals were making historic investments in local and regional roads across the Monaro to help improve safety and reduce travel times.
“I’m delighted the intersection at Jerrabomberra will be upgraded to cater for the growing number of motorists – everyone who uses the current roundabout knows how congested it can get.
“I’m also pleased to partner with the Queanbeyan City Council to help seal a 3.2 kilometre section of dirt on the increasingly busy Wanna Wanna Road.
Since being elected in March 2011, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government as delivered a raft of major road projects either initiated or completed, including:
- $62.5 million to fast track upgrades to the Kings Highway – a 26 per cent increase in funding compared to Labor’s last term in office
- $25 million to help Queanbeyan City Council construct the Ellerton Drive Extension
- $10 million in extra funding to build additional overtaking lanes on the Monaro Highway
- $10 million in extra funding to upgrade the Kosciusko Road
- $4.5 million to upgrade the bridge over the Dalgety River at Dalgety
- $800,000 to upgrade the bridge over the Cooma Creek on the Monaro Highway
- $600,000 to help Palerang Council upgrade the bridge at Captains Flat