Four major roads in the Hunter region are getting a funding injection thanks to the Nationals in Government and our Drought Stimulus Package.

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen joined Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro at Singleton Council Chambers to announce the significant roads package on Wednesday.

Travel times will be significantly reduced and driver safety boosted along four major road routes in the Hunter region thanks to $4.25 million in funding from the NSW Government’s $170 million Drought Stimulus Package.

The NSW Government announced the Drought Stimulus Package as part of the 2019-20 NSW Budget to fast-track significant infrastructure projects to mitigate the economic impact of the current drought.

Mr Barilaro said funding will pay for vital improvements such as resurfacing, levelling, and strengthening, as well as widening to accommodate two-way traffic flow.

“Almost 10,000 people travel along these major road routes daily, especially during peak hour on week days and these roads need to be safe for drivers,” Mr Barilaro said. “These much-needed upgrades will move cars and heavy vehicles more efficiently through the area, reduce congestion and alleviate stress on commuters and their families who live in the Hunter. This is a shovel ready project and an essential investment for commuters and for the local mining industry which is so dependent on heavy vehicles.”

“This project is ready to go and its construction will generate immediate economic activity and jobs in the Hunter, which is doing it tough due to drought.”

Sections of Glendonbrook, Elderslie, Cessnock and Lemington Roads will be upgraded, giving peace of mind to thousands of people living and working in the region who regularly use the roads to get to and from work across the region.

Mr Johnsen said the road upgrades were long overdue and would provide immediate work for local engineers, construction workers, planners and labourers with more local job opportunities in the years to come.

“This project will provide immediate stimulus to the local economy by putting money into pay packets which will be spent locally, providing a positive flow-on effect for the Hunter region,” Mr Johnsen said. “These road upgrades will also provide efficiencies for local mining operations and other businesses in the region, from hotels to construction operators.”

The NSW Government funding will help to provide the region with strategic infrastructure, with the funding matched by Singleton Council’s contribution of $4.25 million for the project.