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Road safety funding for Mitchell Highway

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton on the Mitchell Highway between Bourke and Nyngan. Photo contributed

Local Federal Member Mark Coulton has announced an extra $4 million in funding for road safety upgrades along the Mitchell Highway.

The money will be spent between Nyngan and Bourke, as part of a $400 million blitz designed to reduce road trauma and save lives.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian and NSW Governments were working tirelessly to ensure works start immediately and are completed by June to get people home sooner and safer.

“As someone who lives, works and has raised a family in regional NSW, I know how important safe roads are to local communities,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“We are rolling out this funding to deliver lifesaving upgrades including shoulder sealing, rumble strips to alert drivers when they are moving out of their lane, median upgrades to prevent head on collisions and barriers to prevent run-off-road crashes and to protect against roadside hazards.

“This investment will also provide a boost to local economies as we come back from the COVID-19 recession, with these projects expected to support more than 2,500 jobs.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines were among measures being rolled out under the program.

“261 priority projects will be delivered across NSW, building on our vision of a safer, stronger regional NSW,” Mr Toole said. “These projects will help prevent the loss of lives and serious injuries on our roads.”

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said this is a great example of the Australian and NSW Governments working together to deliver life-saving road upgrades.

“We are committed to improving our roads to keep the road toll down as low as possible,” Mr Coulton said.

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