Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Monaro John Barilaro today announced an extra $30 million to upgrade three major roads in the Monaro.
“The Kings and Monaro highways and the Kosciusko Road will each receive an additional $10 million for upgrades and safety improvements,” Minister Gay said.
Minister Gay said the focus would be on providing extra overtaking lanes and safety works, such as road shoulder widening and wire rope barriers.
“In the coming months, Roads and Maritime Services will begin community consultation and detailed scoping work to determine ideal locations for extra overtaking lanes and safety works with preconstruction activities to commence later in 2015,” Minister Gay said.
Mr Barilaro said the extra $30 million recognises the importance of these roads in linking the Monaro and its key centres such as Queanbeyan to major tourist destinations such as the South Coast, and the Kosciusko National Park and neighbouring ski fields.
“These highways experience a lot of local and also seasonal tourist traffic making them vital transport links for the people and businesses of the Monaro,” he said.
“A great example of the Liberals & Nationals Government ongoing commitment to improving roads in the Monaro is our historic spend on upgrading the Kings Highway making it safer and easier for families to commute.
“Since coming to office in March 2011, and with today’s announcement of an extra $10 million drawn from existing Restart NSW funding, we will have invested more than $62.5 million to upgrade the Kings Highway, making it safer and cutting travel times.
“This is a 26 per cent increase in funding for upgrades to the Kings Highway compared to NSW Labor’s last four years in office.”
Mr Barilaro highlighted other major Monaro road projects either initiated or completed by the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government, including:
- $25 million to help Queanbeyan City Council construct the Ellerton Drive Extension;
- $4.5 million to upgrade the bridge over the Dalgety Bridge at Dalgety;
- $600,000 to help Palerang Council upgrade the bridge at Captains Flat; and
- $800,000 to upgrade the bridge over the Cooma Creek on the Monaro Highway.