The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has kick-started the upgrade of Dixons Long Point Road between Orange and Mudgee in NSW with a commitment to fund $16 million towards the project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the upgrades would link Mullion Creek to the end of Ullamalla Road, better connecting the two regional centres.
“During the 2016 election, we committed $100,000 towards the feasibility study and in the most recent budget we allocated $16 million to project delivery through the Roads of Strategic Importance funding program,” Mr McCormack said.
“These investments will deliver target upgrades along the vital tourist corridor, contributing to better safety and efficiency and boosting local industry.”
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the road from Orange to Mudgee via Dixons Long Point Road was currently unsealed and the crossing over the Macquarie River was only suited to four-wheel drives.
“This project will upgrade more than 30 kilometres of road to allow all vehicles to make use of this crucial regional link, bringing travel time savings and improved accessibility to healthcare services,” Mr Gee said.
“The next stage of the project is the business case, which is expected to be completed in the coming months.”
The project will be administered by the NSW Department of Roads and Maritime Services in partnership with the Cabonne Shire and Mid-Western Regional councils.