Oxley Highway gets the funding it deserves
Convicts began construction on the Oxley Highway way back in 1838. Since its completion, the funding for the road’s upkeep has been slow and steady with the traffic corridor now well-worn and in desperate need of an upgrade.
But thanks to sturdy leadership from our Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads Kevin Anderson, major work to the age-old highway will soon begin at record pace.
The NSW Government has allocated another $50 million to delivering better road surfaces and additional overtaking lanes to notorious stretches along the Oxley Highway including $1.7 million to extend the westbound overtaking land 29 kilometres east of Gunnedah.
$179 million has been invested into repairs for the highway since 2011 in addition to the recent $50 million. This was part of Kevin’s election commitment as the Member for Tamworth and is a 55 per cent increase compared to past Labor allocations.
It goes to show the Nationals in Government have listened to the businesses and communities who rely on the highway and have been calling for changes to be made.
“The communities along the length of the Oxley Highway have made it clear they want more overtaking lanes and improvement works along its length and have been calling for these upgrades for years,” Duncan said.
“We have listened and we are delivering what these communities expect and deserve – with a number of projects now under way or currently in planning.”
Kevin said the stretches of highway to be upgraded were vital for the local community who use the road that links Tamworth with the North West.
“Plans are also being developed to build a new eastbound overtaking lanes about 24 kilometres east of Gunnedah, with work expected to start in the first half of 2017,” Kevin said.
The Oxley Highway is 514 kilometres long, stretching from Nevertire through to Coonabarabran and Tamworth eastward to the seaside town of Port Macquarie.