Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Safety works give Barton Highway broad shoulders

Media Release


01 August 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Melinda Pavey MP

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
State Member for Oxley

Senator for New South Wales

Minister for Agriculture

The Hon Pru Goward MP

State Member for Goulburn

Safety upgrades are continuing on the Barton Highway, with more work underway from this week as part of the combined $100 million package of works funded for duplication by the Australian and NSW Governments.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals' Leader and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the new upgrades would involve improving road shoulders at various locations to reduce the risk of crashes.

“We understand how important the Barton Highway is for connecting regional NSW to the ACT. As a resident of southern NSW, I travel the Barton very regularly and see first-hand the need to make it safer,” Mr McCormack said.

“This safety work, which will take about a month to complete, follows on from other safety work carried out from November last year and will involve widening and flattening the road shoulders to provide additional road surface for improved road user safety.”

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said this would be in addition to work already completed to upgrade signs, adjust line marking, install safety barriers and clear vegetation.

“Further safety work scheduled for later in the year will involve the removal of some mature trees and stormwater drainage improvements. Environmental assessment will be required before this work can start,” Mrs Pavey said.

Senator for NSW Jim Molan said the work would be carried out between 9.30am and 3pm on weekdays, weather permitting.

“Lane closures closest to where work is being carried out will be in place during work hours for the safety of motorists and workers. Access to side roads will be maintained but may be managed by traffic control at times,” Senator Molan said.

State Member for Goulburn Pru Goward thanked motorists for their patience while the vital works are carried out

“I'm pleased to see the Government is taking the next steps to improve the road, meanwhile duplication works will also continue,” Ms Goward said.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and follow the direction of traffic control and all signs, including a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h during work hours and traffic control.

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