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Upgrade work on Golden Highway for enhanced road safety

Preparation work continues on the Golden Highway between Beni and Merrilea with tree clearing now underway as part the $3.5 million project to improve road safety.

Lanes and road shoulders are being widened and intersections upgraded along the 10 kilometre stretch as part of a four year package of upgrades on the Golden Highway between the Upper Hunter and Dubbo.

The NSW Government is providing $109 million funding, with an additional $24 million funding from the Australian Government for the broader Golden Highway upgrade program, including $3.5 million for the Beni to Merrilea upgrade work.

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the NSW Government is investing in these essential upgrades to improve the road network, reduce the likelihood of potential crashes and increase freight efficiency.

“Trees within five metres of travel lanes are being cleared to make the roadside environment safer and reduce obstacles for motorists.” Mr Grant said

Roads and Maritime has commissioned surveys of the site area to minimise the impact of work and has protocols in place to manage potential biodiversity or heritage impacts.

A lane closure is in place from 7am to 6pm on Monday to Friday and from 8am to 1pm on Saturday until 7 October, weather permitting.

There is a speed reduction to 40km/h through the work site with traffic control in place. The speed limit will be restored to 100km/h outside work times.

Tree clearing work will be completed in October and road widening is expected to start by the end of 2016, weather permitting.

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