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NSW government upgrades two Silver City Highway rest areas

The NSW government has officially opened two updated rest areas for truck drivers using the Silver City Highway

The NSW government is continuing to make trips easier for heavy vehicle drivers after announcing two roadside rest areas have received major upgrades.

Convenience is the top priority behind the NSW government’s upgrades, with the state’s south-western Silver City Highway being home to the two updated rest areas.

Work has now been completed on the Curlwaa rest area, roughly four kilometres west of Wentworth and the Seven Trees rest area that’s situated 82 kilometres north of Wentworth.

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) regional director west Alistair Lunn says the upgrades, which started in December last year, will make trips on the highway safer and more comfortable for the many freight operators using the road each day.

“Both rest areas provide access for both heavy and light vehicle travelling in both directions and are delivering great bang for our buck,” Lunn says.

“Crews have been working hard since December 2023 to replace the single waterless composting toilets at each site with two new flushing toilets for each rest area, complete with disabled access.

“Previously there was no lighting at either site so these upgrades also include the installation of solar-powered lighting for the toilet block and surrounds to improve safety for all users, along with new picnic shelters for motorists looking to take a short break from what can be very long trips in this part of the state.

“The rest areas have remained open during construction with temporary toilet facilities brought in for motorists’ convenience, but we know all drivers who use this section of the Silver City Highway are looking forward to the completion of this work.”

The rest areas were completed courtesy of $850,000 of funding through the Heavy Vehicle Rest Stop Improvement Program.

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