Pacific Hwy receives $1bn cash boost in NSW Budget

NSW will invest $5.1 billion in road and maritime infrastructure in 2013-14, including almost $1 billion for the Pacific Highway

Pacific Hwy receives $1bn cash boost in NSW Budget
Pacific Hwy receives $1bn cash boost in NSW Budget
June 18, 2013

New South Wales will invest $5.1 billion in road and maritime infrastructure next financial year, including spending almost $1 billion on the Pacific Highway.

The NSW Budget handed down today injects funds into the State’s road network, with Roads Minister Duncan Gay naming works on the Pacific and Princes highways and the Hunter Expressway as major commitments.

The Budget allocates $2.6 billion for new roads infrastructure, $1.5 billion to maintain and improve existing roads, $238 million for road safety and another $62 million for congestion-busting initiatives on Sydney’s roads.

"This year’s budget includes a $953 million investment for the continued upgrade of the Pacific Highway to a four lane, divided road," Gay says.

The Pacific Highway investment includes $220 million to continue work on the dual carriageway upgrade of the highway between Tintenbar to Ewingsdale, north of Ballina.

Gay says the 17km upgrade will reduce travel times, freight transport costs and boost safety for thousands of vehicles using the Pacific Highway each day.

There is also $180 million for the dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Frederickton and Eungai, north of Kempsey.

Once completed in 2016, the 26.5km fully duplicated section will provide flood immunity for a one-in-a-hundred year event and link up with the completed Kempsey Bypass.

Gay says upgrading new sections and completing safety improvements to the existing highway have brought major improvements to road conditions.

The Budget allocates $115 million to continue work on the Princes Highway Gerringong upgrade between Mount Pleasant and Toolijooa Road. The upgrade will provide 7.5km of upgraded highway and include two new interchanges with access to Gerringong and Gerroa.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner says $222 million will go to ensuring work is completed on the Hunter Expressway between the Pacific Motorway at Seahampton and the New England Highway at Branxton.

The Bridges for the Bush scheme, which is designed to support road freight safety and productivity, will receive $165 million over four years. A further $111 million will be spent to start the WestConnex Motorway.

The NSW Government has committed $16.9 million to upgrading the Balmain East Darling Street Wharf, McMahons Point Henry Lawson Avenue Wharf and Mosman Bay Avenue Road Wharf.

The Budget also includes significant funding for rail projects, including more than $1 billion to build new rail and light rail lines.

Key commitments include $806 million for the ongoing delivery of the North West Rail Link, $353 million to continue progress of the South West Rail Link and $314 million for the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program, which aims to improve capacity and reliability of freight trains and make commuter services more reliable.

"We are on track to have tunnel boring machines in the ground next year for the North West Rail Link, with an investment of $4 billion over the next four years for this critical piece of infrastructure," Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian says.

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