The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, is pleased with the progress being made on the Oxley Highway upgrade between Rosewood and Paddock Roads.
The NSW Government is funding the $15 million upgrade, about five kilometres west of Wauchope, to improve safety and traffic efficiency.
“The major project, which is being delivered by Roads and Maritime Services, includes realigning the road to remove dangerous bends, widening the road shoulders, improving drainage and installing new safety barriers,” Mrs Pavey said.
“This is one of the key projects being delivered under the NSW Government’s $50 million Oxley Highway program.
“It is an important infrastructure project that will deliver real safety improvements for the thousands of people – both locals and visitors to the area – who use the Oxley Highway every day.”
All necessary vegetation clearing and pipe drainage work has been completed since works began in May.
More than 50 per cent of earthworks have been completed, box culverts are being installed and fill is being imported from the nearby Spencers Cutting project, east of Wauchope.
The works are being conducted to try and minimise traffic impacts by keeping two lanes of traffic running continuously on the Oxley Highway where possible, though there will still be times when traffic will need to be reduced to one lane.
Maintenance and delivery manager Vicky Sisson said the RMS safety systems were excellent, they hadn’t had any complaints from the community about the work, and they are more than a month ahead of schedule.
There are 50 RMS staff working on the project, and a lot of local small companies and individuals are involved.
The project was due to be finished and completely open to traffic by June 30 2019. Ms Pavey thanked the community for their patience.
The project includes:
- removing dangerous bends by realigning the road
- widening the road shoulders
- improving drainage
- installing new safety barriers