A major upgrade of the New England Highway between Belford and the Golden Highway is driving ahead, with work to improve safety and travel times along a four-kilometre section of the highway progressing well.
Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the NSW Nationals in the state government are investing $97 million to provide two travel lanes in each direction and a flyover for vehicles turning right from the Golden Highway towards Maitland and Newcastle.
“Work on the upgrade started in September last year and it has been an impressive first six months with extensive earthworks, rock hammering and drainage underway for the new eastbound carriageway and flyover bridge,” Mr Layzell said.
“Our community is really starting to get excited for this upgrade, particularly now they can see the overpass starting to rise between the highways and extensive rock removal showing the path for the new lanes.
“Work has also recently started on the new roundabout on the Golden Highway, which will connect to a left turn lane for motorists travelling towards Singleton, as well as provide access for adjoining properties.
“Once complete, this project will enable safer, smoother journeys for the 22,000 vehicles that use this vital route each day.”
Mr Layzell said the project will also be a game-changer for the freight industry, which relies on this road for coal mining, grain production, and other industries in the Hunter Valley and Central West to access the Port of Newcastle.
Work is expected to be completed by late 2024.
For more information on the project, visit: https://roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/new-england-highway/belford-golden-highway.html