Jul 10, 2009

$25 million final stage begins on Main Road 92 upgrade

$25 million final stage begins on Main Road 92 Upgrade

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 7 2009

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, and NSW Roads Minister, Michael Daley, today announced that work has started on the third and final stage of the Main Road 92 upgrade between Nowra and Nerriga.

Mr Daley said this was the last stage of the $90 million project which will provide a safer road for local families as well as the many tourists who visit this beautiful part of our state.

"The work now getting underway will improve the steep incline east of Sassafras and link the first two stages of the project," said Mr Daley.

"It’s also great news for the region’s economy, with the project creating more than 240 local jobs.

"The Main Road 92 upgrade is being jointly funded by the NSW ($49 million) and Federal governments ($34 million) as well as Shoalhaven City Council ($12 million)."

Stage 1 – the 24 kilometres from Hames Road to Morton National Park – was finished in June 2007. Stage 2 – 9 kilometres from Bulee to Nerriga – is nearing completion and will open to traffic later this year.

Mr Albanese said it was a great example of all three levels of government working together to achieve the best outcome for the people of the South Coast.

"The third and final stage of the Main Road 92 upgrade will deliver 20 kilometres of upgraded road from Tianjara Falls to Billy’s Hill near Bulee Gap," said Mr Albanese.

"The Rudd Labor Government, in partnership with the Rees Labor Government and the local council, is determined to deliver this road project as quickly as possible.

"The upgrade is what our Nation Building for Recovery strategy is all about. It is putting Australians to work building the road infrastructure vital to our nation’s long term economic prosperity.

"All up, we are investing an unprecedented $11.6 billion over six years to further improve NSW’s road and rail networks."

The full upgrade is on track to be completed by late 2010.