The Newell Highway is the freight backbone of inland NSW and the work will significantly improve the efficient movement of freight across the region. The project includes planning for up to 32km of new road pavement, intersection improvements, widening of road shoulders and provision of five new overtaking lanes. This will improve safety for motorists and reduce future maintenance requirements. The project is providing a welcome injection for the local economy too. It’s created an estimated six new full time positions and work for 12 local contractors and organisations.
Thrilled to be involved in this project is Narrabri-based Brock Johnstone, owner of Johnstone’s Concrete & Landscape Supplies. Brock’s company is supplying pavement materials to be used for the new road.
“This is bulk work for us,” Brock said, “and to be honest, we rely on it. We employ 25 local people from the Narrabri shire, and this helps to keep them in work.”
On the Snowy Mountains Highway, maintenance work on Brown Mountain was sped up so people would have a safer and smoother journey for this year’s snow season.
This project has also supported many local businesses through the use of contractors. Six different companies were involved in completing the work, five of which were based within an hour of the job site.
“We employed contractors from the surrounding areas of Bega, Merimbula and Eden,” said Nemasha Ambagahawatte, Project Engineer, Regional and Outer Metropolitan. “These local companies were grateful to work on the project. It’s a win-win when we’re able to bring forward road safety improvements and at the same time provide employment during uncertain times.”