NSW government to invest $116 million for Great Western Highway

The NSW government will be investing $116 million in the Coxs River Road Upgrade at Little Hartley, through the 2024-25 Federal Budget.

The overall $232 million project, jointly funded by the Federal and NSW Government, involves widening and realigning 2.4 kilometres of the Great Western Highway from east of Mid Hartley Road to east of Coxs River Road into two lanes in each direction.

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Aiming to provide a safer and more efficient road, these upgrades will also include a grade-separated interchange at Coxs River Road.

Construction began in early 2023 and is expected to be completed by late 2025.

Transport minister Catherine King says these upgrades are part of a plan that “builds the future of our nation.”

“The Coxs River Road upgrade will ensure people in the Central West will get home quicker and, most importantly, travel safer,” King says.

“We’re getting on with the job of delivering a better future for all Australians, made in Australia.”

The funding is part of over $3.1 billion towards vital land transport infrastructure projects in NSW in the recent Federal Budget.

This includes over $2.5 billion to upgrade important road and rail infrastructure and support planning for future projects, as well as nearly $580 million to help ensure the delivery of existing projects.

The government’s total infrastructure commitment to NSW over the next 10 years is $20.8 billion, including $17.7 billion in major road and rail projects and $3 billion for smaller projects through programs such as the Roads to Recovery and Black Spot programs.

NSW regional transport and roads minister Jenny Aitchison says this is a critical project.

“We understand the Great Western Highway is a busy and vital route for visitors to the region, locals, businesses and the freight industry, which is why we are getting on with the job of building a road network for the future,” Aitchison says.

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