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Overtaking lanes on the Golden Highway finally finished

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Overtaking lanes on the Golden Highway in the Upper Hunter are now finally finished. 

The more than $133 million project for the highway connecting Whittingham with Dubbo, including the new overtaking lanes at Ogilvies Hill and Winery Hill in the Upper Hunter which are now open to traffic. 

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said the Nationals in Government invested $109 million for the Golden Highway package of works, with a further $24 million from the Australian Government, to improve the road between the Hunter Valley and Dubbo.

“This route has been identified as an important connection between the Central West and the Port of Newcastle, so we know upgrades like this will not only benefit our local communities, but also the growing freight industry,” Michael Johnsen said.

“On top of delivering new overtaking lanes, this particular project has also seen safety improved, with wider road shoulders, enhanced clear zones to help drivers recover if their vehicles veer from the road, and new roadside barriers.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new lanes, finished two months ahead of schedule, would provide motorists with safer and more reliable journeys between the Upper Hunter and Central West.

“The upgrades at Ogilvies Hill and Winery Hill have provided additional overtaking opportunities in both directions, as well as a smoother, stronger road surface and improved drainage,” Paul Toole said.

“We are proud to be delivering these projects because we know they will improve safety, travel times, reliability and freight access for all road users.”

The overtaking lanes at Ogilives Hill opened to traffic on Friday, 29 May 2020, followed by the overtaking lanes opening at Winery Hill this week.

For more information on the Golden Highway upgrades visit nswroads.work/goldenhighway

Image credit: Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen