Nearly $3 million for heavy vehicle safety upgrades in Calare
Widening and strengthening of existing pavements, intersection upgrades and providing a median right turn lane will be among almost $3 million in safety upgrades delivered in Central West New South Wales under a re-elected Coalition Government.
The Nationals Candidate for Calare Andrew Gee and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester announced the funding at Ron Finemore Transport in Orange today.
Mr Gee said the package would include $1.42 million to upgrade Clergate Road at Orange by widening and strengthening the existing pavement, intersection upgrades and adding a median right turning lane.
“Providing adequate roads is critical for local heavy vehicle operators who are transporting produce to and from our region,” said Mr Gee.
“The upgrade to Clergate Road will provide access for heavy vehicles to the industrial area, and will provide the remaining link to the last half of the 173 hectares of industrial space in Orange.
“Data collected shows that more than 3770 vehicles use the road on a daily basis, including almost 700 heavy vehicles.
“The intersection upgrade will reduce wait times from 78 seconds to 23 seconds and the project is expected to provide repair and maintenance cost savings of more than $12 million over 30 years.
“This is a shovel ready project which is expected to commence early next year and I look forward to it getting underway.
“If elected, I will be seeking further funding to improve the road network throughout Calare and will also be making sure that we never see a resurgence of Labor’s failed road safety tribunal which was simply setup to increase union membership and union power.
“Funding that was set aside for the tribunal is now being re-directed to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and I am already engaging with local operators on what practical safety practical safety initiatives they would like to see rolled out.”
Mr Gee said the Coalition was also providing $1.5 million for pavement strengthening, widening and minor realignment of Browns Creek Road in the Blayney Shire.
He also introduced Mr Chester to a number of local heavy vehicle operators.
Mr Chester said the projects were another example of the Coalition delivering a safer and more efficient road environment for heavy vehicle operators.
“The Coalition is committed to working with the heavy vehicle industry and getting on with the job of providing safer and more productive freight network,” Mr Chester said.
“A competitive freight industry supports jobs and growth in our primary industries and there are flow-on safety benefits from these upgrades for all road users.
“That’s why the Coalition has committed $254.6 million to the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme from 2014–15 to 2019–20.”