Parkes Shire Council is getting $9 million in funding support from the NSW Government to upgrade seven sections of the Bogan Way (MR350N) between Forbes and Tullamore.
The upgrades will deliver safer, smoother journeys for freight operators and motorists on Parkes’ north-south freight link.
“Efficient freight networks are so critical for businesses in the bush – and projects like these play a crucial part in driving productivity and bringing businesses closer to their customer,” said Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole.
Work would start from August 2021 with the expected completion date being within two years. “It will see 25km of road being widened, upgraded and sealed around Trundle and Bogan Gate, including Boltfield Road and the crossing of Crooked Creek,” said Member of the Legislative Council Sam Farraway.
The project is valued at more than $15 million and is being funded with more than $9 million from Fixing Country Roads, $4.58 million from the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and $1.45 million contributed by Parkes Shire Council.
Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM said: “The use of high productivity vehicles is restricted in Parkes Shire and the Central West region, resulting in inefficiencies for transport of commodities. The upgrades will enable high productivity vehicles to use this route, providing a significant link for local producers to regional and state freight and associated markets.”
Deputy Mayor Cr Barbara Newton, a resident of the Tullamore area and frequent user of MR350 said: “It is wonderful that the State Government has invested with Council on this road. The proposed improvements will make it much safer for the mix of heavy vehicles and everyday passenger vehicles.”