Motorists travelling on Silverton Road in the Far West will now enjoy a smoother and more efficient journey, thanks to a $3.5 million upgrade funded by the Federal and New South Wales governments.
Work to widen and seal an 18-kilometre section of the road between the historic mining village of Silverton and Broken Hill is now complete. The upgrade also saw the installation of new signs and guideposts.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the much-needed upgrades will help keep drivers safe when travelling in the Far West and deliver them to their destination sooner.
“The completion of these upgrades is great news for local road users, freight operators and tourists who will now be able to experience safer and more efficient journeys when travelling along this road,” Mr Coulton said.
“Work to widen the road and the shoulders to improve flood resistance started in February this year and is now complete. A final seal will be completed early next year.”
New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the project was a great example of what can be achieved by the Federal and state governments working together.
“In New South Wales, we are immensely proud of our historic communities, so it’s vitally important we keep these towns well-connected through our regional and rural road networks,” Mr Toole said.
“Prior to COVID-19 restrictions, the Far West had seen a big increase in visitors to the area, and once restrictions ease more people will be taking the opportunity to explore and enjoy everything that this unique part of the state has to offer.
“This work also supported 20 jobs over nine months, which has provided a welcome boost to the local community.”
The Silverton Road upgrade was jointly funded by the Federal and New South Wales governments. Commonwealth funding of $969,769 was provided through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program, with NSW contributing $2.5 million.
The $2.5 billion LRCI Program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.