Cargo Road overtaking lane open to traffic

Media Release

DC133/2016

05 October 2016

Joint release with:

Barnaby Joyce

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

Andrew Gee

Federal Member for Calare

Improvements to Cargo Road south-west of Cargo in New South Wales are now open to traffic, delivering a much-needed overtaking lane and a number of welcome safety improvements for motorists.

Visiting the region today, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Nationals Barnaby Joyce said the improvements were fully funded by the Australian Government as part of its commitment to fixing dangerous black spots around the country.

“With two casualty crashes between 2008 and 2013, there were clear safety issues that required addressing, which is exactly what the Australian Government is committed to resolving through this upgrade,” Mr Joyce said.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was part of the Australian Government's commitment to drive down road trauma through road safety investments.

“We are working hard to help fix known dangerous locations through targeted upgrades. Projects can include the installation of road safety barriers, widening road shoulders, better lighting, tactile line marking, improved signage and increasing the number of rest areas,” Mr Chester said.

“All these strategies have a role in making our roads safer for all drivers, and are currently being rolled out through various local, state and federal initiatives.”

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said that even aside from its crash history, the road needed work.

“The road from Canowindra to Cargo is exceptionally hilly and some of it is in pretty bad shape—it can be a nightmare on those steep roads if you are stuck behind slow-moving trucks,” Mr Gee said.

“Thankfully, as well as this new overtaking lane we are also delivering line marking, shoulder widening and signage improvements which will all contribute to safer driving conditions on Cargo Road.”

The $395,500 project has been fully funded under the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme.