Works to improve roads in the Cowra Shire over the next two years are underway as part of 20 projects funded through the Fixing Local Roads program.
The work being carried out by Cowra Shire Council has been brought forward as part of NSW and Australian Governments funding that is turbocharging Fixing Local Roads, a program that reduces the maintenance backlog on local roads across the state.
East of Woodstock, pavement strengthening has been completed at Quartpot Road, with sealing of both Quartpot Road and Kangaroo Flat Road due to be completed in the next few months.
Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West said this vital work is going to not only improve the condition of the Shire’s school bus routes, but will also bring welcome improvements for the movement of trucks and farm machinery throughout the Shire.
"With harvest now currently underway, the movement of farm machinery and vehicles around the Shire becomes a regular part of our lives. We welcome this funding to widen and strengthen our rural roads for the safe movement of these modern machines, and most importantly, the safe travel of our children using school buses on these roads,” Cr West said.
The Australian Government has put a further $191 million into the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program which provides grants to local councils to carry out maintenance work including repairing, patching, maintaining or sealing existing priority council roads.
The Fixing Local Roads program together with the recently announced Fixing Country Bridges program are a $1 billion investment in regional and rural communities to ensure a safe, modern and more resilient road and bridge network that will serve generations to come.
"This is a massive win for the community in the Cowra Shire, with the result being better quality roads but ultimately safer travel,” Cr West concluded.