Safer journey down the Ponto Falls Road

The upgrade of a two-kilometre stretch of Ponto Falls Road from gravel to bitumen seal is now complete, providing a safer journey for motorists travelling in the Wellington region.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the upgrade of the road to a sealed seven-metre-wide carriageway would improve safety.

“With higher speed traffic travelling up and down Ponto Falls Road, this upgrade puts vehicles on a safer path,” Mr Gee said.

“There were concerns about the safety of this section of road and so this upgrade will be welcomed by locals and visitors alike.

“The Australian Government is committing $400 million each year ongoing as part of its Roads to Recovery program to ensure local councils are able to prioritise and improve the safety of local roads.”

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said the works, completed in November, built on earlier safety works undertaken in 2017 to reseal sections of the road showing signs of wear and tear.

“The new works took place on a two-kilometre stretch west of the Whiteleys Lane intersection and included tree clearing to reduce the risks of motorists encountering obstacles on the road,” Cr Shields said.

“We thank the Australian Government for the $8.58 million in Roads to Recovery funding over the next five years. It will enable us to continue to upgrade roads and improve safety throughout the region.”

The $1.2 million upgrade was jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $1.1 million and Dubbo Regional Council contributing $114,616.