FURTHER UPGRADES MAKE OXLEY HIGHWAY SAFER
Improvement work on the Oxley Highway is continuing as part of the NSW Government’s $60 million commitment to improve safety and travel times on the popular stretch of road.
Member for Tamworth and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Transport Kevin Anderson said the extensive improvements aim to reduce the frequency and severity of road crashes on the highway.
“A range of options are being considered with the aim of improving safety for all motorists while minimising impact on regional tourism.
“Work on the first of these projects started in the Tamworth electorate late last year - a $1.7 million extension of an existing westbound overtaking lane, 29 kilometres east of Gunnedah near Rushes Creek Road.
“Also, recent engineering treatments along the mountain between Walcha and Wauchope have included resurfacing, kerb and gutter installation, and the installation of five pull-over bays with emergency satellite phones.
“Plans are also being developed to build a new eastbound overtaking lane about 24 kilometres east of Gunnedah, with work expected to start in March.
“The communities along the length of the Oxley Highway have made it clear they want more overtaking lanes and improvement works along its length and have been calling for these upgrades for years.
“We have listened and we are delivering what these communities expect and deserve – with a number of projects now under way or currently in planning.
“Upgrading the Oxley Highway was an election commitment of mine so it’s great to see work progressing.”
Since 2011 the NSW Government has invested a historic $179 million into upgrading the Oxley Highway, with a further $50 million committed towards these works. This equates to a 55 per cent increase compared to past Labor allocations.