After 160 years, $16 million has been secured to deliver a bridge across the Macquarie River at Dixons Long Point along with paving of the road.
The funding will be delivered through the Federal Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance initiative.
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the upgraded crossing will deliver a wide range of benefits to Calare and NSW, not only opening up the entire Central West to tourism, but also better connecting the communities of Mudgee, Orange and Bathurst.
“The late Sir Charles Cutler, who served his country with distinction in World War II, as Deputy Premier and also Member for Orange was a strong advocate of this project. His vision can now become reality,” Mr Gee said.
“The naysayers said that it could never be done and that it wouldn’t happen. Indeed, it was often referred to as the Holy Grail of unfinished road projects.
“While it’s taken some time, I’m absolutely delighted to have finally delivered this project for the communities of the Central West.”
Neil Cutler, son of the late Sir Charles Cutler, welcomed the announcement.
“In his role as Member for Orange and Deputy Premier of NSW, Dad was one of the earliest advocates for this crossing at Dixons Long Point,” Mr Cutler said.
“I’m sure he would be very pleased to see the region continuing to progress.”