The final stage of funding for the Southern Feeder Road was announced on Wednesday, meaning motorists are one step closer to a second CBD bypass.
Parliamentary secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless announced the state government would provide $3 million in funding for stage three of the road, which will involve an upgrade of 2.2 kilometres of roadway along Blowes Road and Dairy Creek Road.
Mr Colless said it would provide a more direct route for heavy vehicles travelling from the Mitchell Highway to the southern industrial area and it would also lead to the hospital precinct.
“This road will be upgraded to a major thoroughfare for heavy vehicles,” Mr Colless said.
This will essentially become a heavy vehicle bypass for the main part of Orange.Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless
“It is very much a traditional type of old country road and it will be upgraded increasing the weight capacity of it and straightening the curves and having a proper intersection down on the Mitchell Highway.”
“This will essentially become a heavy vehicle bypass for the main part of Orange.”
Mayor Reg Kidd said stage three would connect to stage two of the project, where work is about to start on a new railway overpass bridge and other sections already linked back to the CBD
“This $3 million funding from the NSW government together with $3 million from the Australian government will let work get underway on this project before the end of the year,” Cr Kidd said.
MAP: Stage three will upgrade Blowes Road and Dairy Creek Road ...
“Work will commence of the bridge very shortly and I expect that will be completed by Christmas this year or early 2020 and certainly what will be done is the specifications for this section and that will go out to tender.
“I will expect most of this work to be completed by the end of 2020.”
Cr Kidd said it would alleviate traffic problems experienced in the area to date, particularly concerning heavy vehicles.
“This will be a critical link to our health precinct, getting out to the Cadia mine, which is expanding all the time,” he said.
“This is going to be a critical part of that link now, we have the Northern Distributor and this has been, well not as long as the process for the Northern Distributor, it took 56 years and this has only taken a couple of years to get all the funding together.”
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