Work begins on next stage of Southern Feeder Road
Work is beginning on the next $14.7 million stage of the Southern Feeder Road in Orange, New South Wales, which will extend the new road west from Anson Street to Shiralee Road.
The contract to construct the 1.7-kilometre stretch of new road has been awarded to the MAAS group.
This stage of the project will see construction begin on a new roundabout at the corner of Park and Shiralee Road.
It also includes upgrading a 700-metre section of Shiralee Road from Park Road to the railway overpass bridge.
With construction work having kick-started in the last week of March, the project is expected to be finished in about 12 months, weather permitting. Letters have been sent to residents in the area explaining the extent of works in their area.
The latest $14.7 million stage of the Southern Feeder Road is funded by the:
- Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program ($2 million) and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program ($3.55 million)
- NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program ($4.5 million)
- Orange City Council ($4.6 million)
Further information on the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure and Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity programs is available at: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/about/local-initiatives.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, the Hon Kristy McBain MP:
“It is critical that regional communities have safe and reliable infrastructure. I’m proud to be working with local councils like Orange City Council to deliver the new and improved roads, such as this Southern Feeder Road, that our regions need and deserve.
“This project will improve road safety and amenity for all road users, as well as better connect the community of Orange and support tourism.”
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator the Hon Carol Brown:
“This project will leave a lasting legacy for the Orange area by bolstering road safety and stimulating the local economy.
“This is a great example of why the Australian Government is investing an ongoing commitment of at least $65 million every year in the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, to ensure our truckies have the safe and efficient freight connections they need to get around.”
Quotes attributable to Mayor of Orange, Cr Jason Hamling:
“I welcome the start of work on Stage 4 to take the road west from Anson Street.
“Over the last 10 years as funding became available Orange City Council has been working steadily at building these southern feeder connections across the railway line and through to the Mitchell Highway way.
“It’s crucial to deliver the transport infrastructure that a growing city like Orange needs.
“Multi-million-dollar projects like this one can only happen in partnership with all tiers of government and Council is pleased to be working with the NSW and Australian governments to deliver this expansion of our road network.”
Quotes attributable to Orange City Council Infrastructure Committee Chair, Cr Jack Evans:
“The Council is already looking forward to the next stages of the southern feeder road as government funding is available.
“It’s fantastic to see work beginning but we’re already looking towards the next phases of this project.
“The next step will be to take the southern feeder on to Pinnacle Road, but then we switch to the other end of the project.
“The idea is that we’ll build the next steps in the places where they will get the most use, so after connecting to Pinnacle Road we’ll switch to the other end of the loop to work on re-aligning the intersection of the Northern Distributor and Forbes Road.
“Then we’ll work back to the south from there towards Cargo Road.
“Our recent Election Priorities short-list included the estimate of $40 million to complete the road so we’ll need the support of all tiers of government for a project of this scale which we’ll deliver as fund become available.”