THE Australian Government has unlocked over $28 million in federal funding to deliver upgrades to Clarence Town Road between Raymond Terrace and Dungog and to build the new Brig O’Johnston Bridge at Clarence Town
Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie said the project would keep the local community and businesses safer and better connected throughout the area.
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“The works, which include 22 sections of roadway, spanning 17.6km will rehabilitate a critical link between Dungog, Clarence Town, Raymond Terrace and the lower Hunter Region.
“Funded under the Australian Government’s $4.6 billion Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, these works will improve freight efficiency, extend existing B-Double networks and boost the productivity of local industries,” Dr Gillespie said.
“This is an important road for families who are travelling to work and school and for our primary producers who are getting product to market, these works will ensure a safer journey for all.”
During September/October whilst essential repairs were undertaken motorists who use the Brig O’Johnston Bridge at Clarence Town faced at least an extra 35 minutes to their journey.
Smoother, more efficient journeys will deliver economic and social benefits by boosting jobs around Dungog and improving economic growth in key areas such as tourism.
“This is another important project the local community identified in our Vision 2030 Plan Survey and I’m delighted the Federal Government has been able to deliver these critical upgrades.”
Dr David Gillespie said the road works will begin immediately with both Port Stephens and Dungog Councils undertaking the works.
Dungog Shire and Transport for NSW will continue to work closely on the development of the new bridge across the Williams River adjacent to Brig O’Johnston Bridge.
The Australian Government’s $110 billion nationwide infrastructure investment program is all about supporting industries to lay the economic foundations for our COVID-19 recovery.