The Barton Highway is set to become even safer following my approval of Federal funding to upgrade the Murrumbateman Road intersection as well as its southern approach.
This initiative will no doubt be welcomed by all regularly users of the Highway, particularly those who make the daily commute to and from the nation’s capital for work.
Specifically, the $4.5 million project will install a right hand turning lane at Murrumbateman Road and straighten a one kilometre section of the Highway to its south. Together, these measures will make the road less hazardous for the more than 10,000 motorists and truck drivers who travel long it daily.
Delivery of the project will be supervised by the NSW Government, with work expected to begin in April 2013.
Once completed in late 2013, the safety improvements at and just south of the Murrumbateman Road intersection will complement those we’ve already made at Capricorn Corner and the Gounyan Curves.
All up, this Federal Labor Government is providing $40 million from our current Nation Building Program (2008-09 to 2013-14) to maintain and upgrade the Barton Highway.
The 52 kilometre long Highway connects Canberra to the Hume Highway at Yass and is named after Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton.
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