Green Light For Roads Investment
1 April 2016
Rural roads across the Shire will benefit from a fresh injection of funds, with $20 million now allocated to Inverell Shire's roads program over the next 12 months. The program includes $15.1 million of road asset renewals and $4.9 of road maintenance activities.
Inverell Shire Council mayor, Paul Harmon stated over the last 10 years, Council has invested $65.5 million in road asset renewals and upgrades and a further $45 million in road maintenance.
"This $110 million investment is unprecedented in the Shire and reflects Council's priority of a safe and well maintained roads network".
"Council's entire road network was independently assessed according to a range of factors such as traffic volume, road surface, heavy vehicle use and five-year accidents history".
"This process was based on nationally recognised standards and resulted in a list of priority sites for Council's roads program", Mayor Harmon explained.
The majority of priority sites for the next 12 months are located on the regional and rural network, however, Clr Harmon believes benefits will be felt throughout the community.
At the March Council meeting, a further $3.5 million was approved which will see 6km of major bitumen rehabilitation works undertaken on MR187 south of Wallangra, 2km of Auburn Vale Road between McBride's Lane and Minnamurra Lane, 1km of Swanbrook Road between Moore Street and Runnymede and Kings Plains Road north of the Swanbrook Bridge.
"Importantly, we are seeing investment in roads right across the Shire, including urban streets in Ashford, 51km of bitumen resealing works on the Bruxner Highway and Gilgai Street drainage upgrade".
"Over the next year, Council's bitumen resealing program will see more than 84km of rural and urban roads resurfaced, approximately 10 per cent of bitumen roads within the Shire".
A further $2.1 million will be spent on gravel re-sheeting across the region, delivering benefits to 118km of gravel roads in the Shire over the next 12 months. The ambitious schedule is Council's largest ever gravel re-sheeting program.
Council has also earmarked a further $7.5 million for the 2016/17 program under its Fit for the Future Roadmap.
Inverell Shire Council
PO Box 138
Inverell NSW 2360