Member for Albury, Greg Aplin, announced on 2 June 2017 that works to upgrade sections of Federation Way will be fully completed next week, ahead of time and on budget, providing opportunity for more high-productivity vehicles to use this important freight route.
“I’m proud the NSW Government contributed $800,000 to this important project through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program and the Federation Council’s work saw this project completed over 12 months in advance of the scheduled timeframe,” Mr Aplin said.
“The Fixing Country Roads program provides targeted funding to local councils for road projects that will eliminate connectivity constraints on local roads in NSW and reduce the cost to market for local businesses.”
The $1.65 million road upgrade involved the reconstruction, realignment and widening of 4.5 kilometres of Federation Way between Urana and Morundah and reconstruction of culverts to bring the section of road up to the same standard as adjoining sections.
Removing tight corners, increased signage, line marking centre and edge lines (to be completed soon) and reducing dust all contribute towards road safety, particularly for heavy vehicles.
“The NSW Government has committed over $500 million to the Fixing Country Roads program over multiple funding rounds,” Mr Aplin said.
“Projects such as the Federation Way upgrade create economic benefits for industry, by removing pinch points and reducing constraints on the transport of goods across NSW and interstate.”
Mr Aplin, said that the work on Federation Way will provide improved access for grain freight to the GrainCorp Primary Export Site at Oaklands and for livestock to the Urana and Corowa saleyards.
“This project provides benefits for local industry and for the broader community,” Mr Aplin said.
“A more viable freight link will cut extra costs for producers while a safer, smoother road for cars and buses benefits residents.
“I applaud Federation Council for delivering this important community project in an effective and efficient manner.”
The Federation Way upgrade also received $800,000 in funding from the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program, and $50,000 from Federation Council.