New safety barriers and intersection upgrades are slated as part of a $12 million package of upgrades set to be rolled out to ensure more reliable journeys between Orange and Parkes.
Works along a 96-kilometre stretch of The Escort Way and Henry Parkes Way are now underway, funded by the NSW Government's $822 million Safer Roads program.
"We're investing even more funding into the roads in the bush that communities depend on, which means a safer and smoother journey for everyone," Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said.
"This is about providing life-saving improvements on Central West roads to help deliver safer trips to school, to work and to the shops.
"The NSW Government is committed to building a safer, stronger regional NSW and the investment we're making in projects just like this through our Safer Roads program is estimated to prevent the loss of more than 1,500 lives and serious injuries on our roads over 15 years.
"That's 1,500 people making it home safely to their families because of this work."
MLC Sam Farraway explained work on 10 projects along that stretch of road began last week, with the added bonus of supporting approximately 20 local jobs.
"The projects include clear zone improvements, installing and replacing safety barrier and intersection upgrades at Mousehole Lane, Peabody Road, Rosamel Lane, Healeys Road, Lake Endeavour Road, Cooka Hills Road, Bindogundra Road, Hunts Crossing Road, Massurit Lane and Kamandra Lane," Mr Farraway said.
"Work will also involve vegetation removal along various sections of Henry Parkes Way and the Escort Way to allow for shoulder widening."
The projects will be split into two stages delivered by Cabonna Council and Parkes Council on behalf of Transport for NSW, the first stage will be completed by the end of June and the second in 2022.
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