Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has announced the region is set to benefit from a share of $86 million being invested into road and bridge projects across regional parts of the state through the latest round of the NSW Nationals in Government’s Fixing Country Roads program.

Mr Johnsen said the latest round of funding would see $3.8 Million invested into four important infrastructure projects for the region.

“The Nationals in Government are investing in projects to boost freight efficiency across the regions in our Upper Hunter Electorate, and improve access and connectivity across the state road network,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Fixing Country Roads has already helped regional NSW councils deliver more than 300 projects to date, with the most recent funding for our electorate adding to that list.

“With funding coming from Restart NSW, these projects will ultimately contribute to the growth of their local economies by improving freight delivery, journey times and safety outcomes.”

Projects receiving funding include:

• $325,000 to Muswellbrook Council for Williams Bridge, Martindale Road, Martindale Replacement;
• $352,774 to Dungog Council for the Summer Hill Bridge Replacement;
• $1,473,080 to Upper Hunter Shire Council for the Junction Bridge Replacement;
• $1,745,440 for the Camerons Bridge Replacement and Road Realignment.

Mr Johnsen said Fixing Country Roads was a $543 million program which aimed to unlock the economic potential of regional NSW.

“These projects deliver important benefits for all our regional road users – from passengers to producers and from heavy truck drivers to the local school bus – who all use our local and regional roads,” Mr Johnsen said.

“They look to repair, strengthen, widen and seal roads, as well as strengthening, widening or replacing existing bridges and culverts.

“These projects are important in supporting the regional freight task in NSW, which is expected to increase by 12 per cent to 286 million tonnes by 2036.”