Oct 13, 2009

Work underway on Capricorn Corner upgrade

Work underway on Capricorn Corner upgrade

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 13 2009

Work is now underway upgrading a dangerous section of the Barton Highway known as Capricorn Corner, located 28 kilometres north of the Australian Capital Territory.

The $4 million project will realign Capricorn Corner and improve safety through the provision of a consistent 100 kilometre speed zone, sealed road shoulders and clearer lines of sight for drivers.

BMD Construction has been awarded the contract to carry out this work, with the entire project expected to be completed by late December.

The Barton Highway is an important link between Canberra and the south west of NSW as well as Victoria, with predictions that over 19,000 vehicles a day will be using it by 2025.

The Capricorn Corner upgrade is part of the Rudd Labor Government’s $20 million Barton Highway safety package – an investment that will provide a safer road for motorists and truck drivers.

This safety package will also fund the realignment of Gounyan Curves, the provision of better signage, line remarkings at intersections, and the removal of trees and other roadside hazards.

All up, we’re investing $11.6 billion over the next few years to maintain and modernise the road and rail infrastructure of NSW.