A road upgrade to create a major heavy vehicle route linking the Newell Highway to busy grain handling facilities at Wirrinya is now complete. Local Nationals’ MP and Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack said the Federal Government provided $800,000 to the project under Round 5 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).
“The Newell Highway is a critical freight artery for the Riverina and Central West, as well as one of Australia’s busiest highways,” said Michael.
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said the upgrade was part of the NSW Government’s commitment to improving regional freight links through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program. “The $4.4 million Newell Highway to Wirrinya Heavy Vehicle Route Upgrade was awarded $2.8 million under Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads, including $1.8 million to Forbes Shire Council and $1 million to Weddin Shire Council.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW, Rick Colless said a 12.6 kilometre section of the road was widened, had its culverts strengthened, intersections realigned and rail crossings improved to allow access for an increased number of heavy vehicles.