$5m in funding lights the way for southern distributor work to begin

TRAFFIC TRIO: A four-lane intersection outside Orange Health Service will be home to one of three sets of traffic lights on Forest Road. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 	     0709hospintersect

TRAFFIC TRIO: A four-lane intersection outside Orange Health Service will be home to one of three sets of traffic lights on Forest Road. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0709hospintersect

FOREST Road will also benefit from $5 million in upgrade funding announced on Wednesday, with work to start on the Southern Feeder Road intersection in October.

The upgrades will take $2.5 million from Cadia Valley Operations, $500,000 from the state government and $980,000 from Orange City Council.

The traffic lights will add to two additional sets funded by council revenue, one at the Orange Health Service and the other at the Allity aged-care facility.

Orange mayor John Davis said in the past, the council had predicted the Southern Feeder Road could be 10 years away, but work could now start. 

“We’re going to put in a massive set of traffic lights basically to spread the actually high volume of traffic that’s coming, not only from Cadia, but from the south and the Blayney area,” he said.

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“We’re hoping within the next 18 months to two years we’ll have the southern distributor section two thirds of the city across to link up with our other roads from the CBD completed, which is fantastic.”

Cadia Valley Operations operations manager Andrew Wannan said its contribution came from the Cadia East Project Voluntary Planning Agreement.

“It’s a major route to the mine and it also provides an opportunity to provide improvement to the road network around Bloomfield,” he said.

The total project is expected for completion in April 2015.

danielle.cetinski@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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