Significant road pavement upgrades, wider shoulders and better drainage along a key freight and tourism route will improve road safety, reduce vehicle wear and tear and shorten travel times, thanks to NSW Government funding.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced $14.5 million from the Growing Local Economies fund to upgrade and widen sections of the Tablelands Way, which stretches across three Local Government Areas.

“The Tablelands Way is the inland tourist road connecting Canberra with the Hunter Valley, which takes in the majesty of the Greater Blue Mountains Drive, the scenic Tarana Valley and the picturesque peak of the Abercrombie Plateau,” Mr Toole said.

“It is also a key strategic freight route through the Oberon, Upper Lachlan and Lithgow shires that is used extensively by heavy vehicles that service the timber, livestock and mining industries.

“These industries provide untold benefits to the local economy, but this does result in increased wear and tear, particularly along the numerous steep, narrow and windy sections that are often impacted by wet, foggy and snowy weather conditions.”

Mr Toole said upgrading the Tablelands Way will make travel safer for local road users, tourists and heavy vehicle drivers, with new surfacing reducing wear and tear on trucks and reducing travel time.

“Specific upgrades including a non-skid pavement treatment and 10 metre road shoulders will be installed along the sections of Lowes Mount Road used by heavy vehicles to transport pine timber logs from Oberon’s Borg manufacturing plant,” Mr Toole said.

“This project is exactly what the Growing Local Economies fund is intended to deliver, and I thank the Oberon, Upper Lachlan and Lithgow councils for their commitment to improving road safety and look forward to seeing the economic benefits these upgrades will bring.

“Our investment through the $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund is creating jobs and boosting the confidence of investors interested in our key logistics, agriculture and manufacturing sectors in communities’ right across regional NSW.”

The Growing Local Economies Fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which improve the economic growth and productivity of the state under Restart NSW.

For more information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/regionalgrowth