Parkes Shire Council has received $2.3 million in funding from the NSW Government to deliver 15km of upgrades to the Peak Hill – Baldry Road.
The project involves widening and over-laying existing unsealed pavement with bitumen sealing and improvements to drainage from the intersection of the Newell Highway.
“This road is currently unsealed and due to vertical and horizontal alignment deficiencies, it’s unable to be classified as a B-Double or higher rated road. By improving this road to meet the increasing freight demand, it will allow greater efficiency of vehicles to this agricultural area,” said Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM.
“The upgrades will also improve sight distance and the ability for two vehicles to safely pass on the identified section of road. It is wonderful that the State Government has invested in this project. This road services both freight and passenger purposes, including a school bus service, and the proposed improvements will make it much safer for the mix of heavy vehicles and everyday passenger vehicles,” said the Mayor.
Survey design and investigative work will commence in February next year, with construction expected to commence in September 2022.