Federal Nationals MP for Parkes Mark Coulton has welcomed the awarding of the contract for the largest ever upgrade of the Newell Highway.
Mr Coulton travelled to Moree last week with his NSW Nationals colleagues, Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, to announce that Fulton Hogan has been awarded the contract to deliver the largest ever heavy-duty pavement upgrade of the Newell Highway, between Moree and Narrabri.
The $261.17 million project will involve 27.3 kilometres of heavy-duty pavement upgrades along four priority sections of the road, with construction due to start mid-2022.
Mr Coulton said this section of the Newell Highway is located within one of the most productive agricultural regions in Australia, so it’s critical that this road is up to scratch to ensure our farmers can more efficiently get their product to market, while improving safety and efficiency for all road users.
“The upgrade will also help the region better connect to the Inland Rail, while providing employment for more than 100 locals, bringing significant benefits to the Moree and Narrabri communities,” Mr Coulton said.
“I’m proud that the Australian Government has invested $205.7 million into this project, with the NSW Government contributing the remainder.”