The first sod was turned on the next stage of the long-awaited Southern Feeder Road in Orange on Friday.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee, said the benefits of the Southern Feeder Road project would be far-reaching for the Orange region and surrounds.
“It was terrific to participate in the sod-turn to formally launch Stage 3 of Orange’s Southern Feeder Road,” Mr Gee said.
“Stage 3 covers a 2km stretch of road that will go from Elsham Avenue to the Mitchell Highway and follow the same line as Dairy Creek Road and Blowes Road.
“There’s going to be a new intersection where the new road meets the highway roughly 250 metres west of the current intersection, which is out near the old Bunnings building on the highway and the Driver Reviver site.
“The Australian Government has contributed over $9.1 million to the Southern Feeder Road Project and $3 million of that is going into Stage 3. This is a big investment but it’s a big project and it’s exactly the type of investment we need to be making into our growing regional cities.
“The Southern Feeder Road is going to mean less congestion in and around Orange which is great news, and our roads are going to be safer.
“There’s going to be faster access to the hospital, Jack Brabham Park and to Cadia Mine and it’s going to be much faster and easier for our farmers and other businesses to get their produce and products to market.
“Stage 3 is also going to feature new street lighting, a new shed, pedestrian and cycle path.
“I love projects like this because they are a great investment in country Australia,” Mr Gee said.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd welcomed the start of work on Stage 3 of the Southern Feeder Road, which is designed as a major transport link around the southern side of Orange once complete.
“The Southern Feeder Road will be one of the most important assets in the city’s road network,” Cr Reg Kidd said.
“Once the whole road is complete, it will provide a vital link between the major highways into Orange.
“This part of south Orange is a crucial infrastructure zone which includes hospitals, medical student training, the Leewood Industrial Estate and the new Shiralee housing area. This new road is about better, more efficient connections.”
Additional Project Information:
The 2-kilometre-long project which follows the same line as Dairy Creek Road and Blowes Road from Elsham Avenue to the Mitchell Highway, includes:
- A new intersection where the new road meets the highway roughly 250 metres west of the current intersection;
- Kerb and guttering from Elsham Avenue to Lone Pine Avenue and at the intersection of Calton Road;
- New street lighting for the entire length of the road; and
- New shared pedestrian/cycle path from Elsham Avenue to Kurim Avenue, connecting to the existing path which crosses the railway line.
The Australian Government’s total contribution to the multi-stage Southern Feeder Road Project is $9.17 million.
- $720,000 was allocated from the stimulus fund in July;
- $6.45 million was allocated through a previous round of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Productivity Program which saw $3.45 million invested in the Railway Overpass Bridge;
- $3 million for the upgrades to Diary Creek Road and Blowes Road; and
- $2 million was recently allocated to Stage 4 of the project under Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Productivity Program which will cover 2.6 km of road spanning from Anson Street west to Pinnacle Road.
Total funding sources for Stage 3 of the project include:
- The Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program - $3 million
- The NSW Government’s Infrastructure NSW Program (Regional Growth) - $3 million
- Orange City Council - $1.5 million
Stage 3 of the project is expected to be completed by the middle of 2021, and is a partnership between the Australian Government, Orange City Council and NSW Government.