Road and safety upgrades are set to take place along the Golden Highway, starting east of Denman.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the Australian and NSW Governments are providing more than $6.8 million through the Road Safety Program to widen and resurface a two-kilometre section of the highway near Dalswinton Road.
“The Golden Highway is an important transport and freight route linking Central West NSW with the Port of Newcastle, and this section of road is used by about 3,000 motorists each day,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This upgrade will change lives and save lives, and is another example of the NSW and Australian governments delivering for the Hunter region.”
Work will be carried out from 6am to 6pm on weekdays and Saturdays and is expected to take six months to complete, weather permitting.
Some overnight work will also be carried out from 6pm to 6am from Sundays to Thursdays.
A reduced speed limit, single lane closures and stop/slow traffic arrangements will be in place during work hours for the safety of motorists and workers.
Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell said works starting next Monday will also support more than 50 jobs while improvements are carried out and provide employment for a number of local subcontractors and suppliers, which will provide a welcome boost to the local economy.
“We’re increasing safety by building wider road shoulders, installing a wider centreline, rumble strips and new safety barriers.
“Work will also be carried out to improve drainage along this section of road, which will reduce the risk of crashes in wet conditions," Mr Layzell said.
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