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Tooraweenah Road upgrade a step closer

The federal government says additional funding will improve safety and congestion

The federal government has unlocked $22.96 million in funding for the Tooraweenah Road upgrade, bringing the project another step closer to reality.

The project is fully funded under the government’s roads of strategic importance initiative and will deliver upgrades along approximately 56.8 kilometres of Tooraweenah Road, within Coonamble Shire.

Tooraweenah Road is closer to being upgraded to provide safe passage through NSW

“This investment will improve flood resilience, safety, localised congestion and overtaking opportunities, and further demonstrates that our government is delivering the road infrastructure upgrades locals need and deserve as part of our $110 billion infrastructure pipeline,” transport minister Barnaby Joyce says.

The government says the upgrade will include widening the entire length of the road, sealing a 25.4-kilometre stretch and heavy patching and rehabilitation works on the remaining 31 kilometres of sealed road.

“These upgrades will improve access, reduce travel times and increase safety for all road users, ensuring motorists get to their destination sooner and safer,” member for Parkes Mark Coulton says.

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“Our $60 million investment is delivering new overtaking lanes on the Newell Highway in partnership with the NSW government, while a further $12.5 million federal investment is jointly funding the Pooncarie Road to Menindee upgrade.”

Coulton says the project is a sign the government will continue to invest in infrastructure projects that matter to those in regional NSW.

Major construction on the Tooraweenah Road Upgrade is due to start in July 2022 and is expected to be completed by May 2024.

For more information on the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, visit

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