A new animation of the $200 million Barton Highway upgrade demonstrates how duplicating an eight-kilometre stretch of road just south of the NSW-ACT border will ease congestion and boost freight productivity.
Senator for NSW Perin Davey said the animation provides a unique opportunity for the 13,000 motorists and heavy vehicle operators who travel along this section of road each day, to understand what it will be like to drive on the upgraded section of highway.
“The animation allows motorists to gain a first-hand view of the key features of the design, including the new two-lane northbound carriageway, which will run south of the NSW-ACT border through to Kaveneys Road,” Senator Davey said.
“Using this technology, viewers are able to get a feel for exactly how these new features will look – from the new central median strip, through to the configuration of various intersection upgrades.
“The Barton Highway is a vital part of the NSW-ACT transport network and this project will go some way towards boosting the overall freight efficiency of the entire area.”
State Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said community feedback helped refine the design, which is outlined in the new animation.
“Community feedback and targeted stakeholder engagement informed a number of changes, including the widening of the median treatment at the Kaveneys Road intersection, realigning the northbound lanes to preserve two identified ring trees of Aboriginal cultural significance, vertical alignment of the northbound lanes to the existing Barton Highway and U-turn facilities at major side road intersections,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
“We’re pleased we were able to adjust the design to specifically meet the needs of the community and ensure that frequent users have the best outcome and a safer experience.
“On top of delivering safer, smoother journeys, the project is also supporting the local economy, with about 70 per cent of the workforce made up of local workers, businesses and suppliers.
“We thank the community for its input to date and ask for their continuing patience as planning work progresses on the next stage of the highway duplication towards Murrumbateman.”
The Australian and NSW Governments have together committed $200 million towards the upgrade of the Barton Highway, with $150 million provided by the Australian Government and $50 million by the NSW Government.
This funding is being utilised across two projects along the corridor, with Stage 1 already under construction (the Barton Highway Upgrade Package), and planning for Stage 2 (the Barton Highway Corridor Upgrade) currently underway.
The initial stage of duplication is expected to be completed in 2023, weather permitting.
To view the animation and for more information on the highway upgrade, visit nswroads.work/barton