THE NEW SOUTH WALES GOVERNMENT has unveilled a budget which will see $4.4 billion invested in the development and maintenance of critical road infrastructure across NSW.
Minister for Roads Michael Daley described the budget, with an increase of $400 million over last year's budget, as the biggest road investment program in the state's history.
â€œThis record investment will support more than 5,000 direct jobs in the construction program alone, which â€“ at a time of global recession â€“ is the governmentâ€™s first priorityâ€ Mr Daley said.
With $1.8 billion committed for road construction, over $700 million is targeted to upgrading the Pacific Highway. A further $1 billion will be put towards maintenance and $325 million for improvements to the traffic network.
â€œRoad safety is a top priority for the NSW Government which is why weâ€™re pouring $234 million into road safety projects â€“ an increase of $93 million on last year.
â€œThis is in addition to the safety benefits that will come from our $1.8 billion road construction program and our $1 billion road maintenance program,â€ Mr Daley said.
Major infrastructure projects due for completion in the coming year include:
- $152 million to complete the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Coopernook and Herons Creek;
- $34 million to complete the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Karuah and Bulahdelah;
- $12 million to complete the upgrade of the Princes Highway between Oak Flats to Dunmore;
- $22 million to complete the air filtration plant for the M5 East Tunnel;
- $21 million to complete the widening of the F3 Freeway to six lanes between Mt Colah and Cowan; and
- $3 million to complete the Wollongong Northern Distributor extension.
â€œBy investing in these projects, the Rees Government is supporting NSW jobs now and building a road network for the future.
â€œThe record $4.4 billion roads budget will also make sure essential RTA frontline services are maintained in motor registries and inspection stations across the state.
â€œThatâ€™s why weâ€™re hitting the ground running to deliver these important infrastructure and road safety projects,â€ Mr Daley said.