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Upgrades to Escort Approach and Henry Parkes Approach to assist enhance highway security between Parkes and Orange | Parkes Champion-Publish

New safety barriers and intersection upgrades are part of a $ 12 million package of upgrades to be rolled out to ensure more reliable journeys between Parkes and Orange.

Work is currently underway along a 60-mile stretch of Escort Way and Henry Parkes Way, funded by the NSW government’s $ 822 million Safer Roads program.

“We are investing even more money in the roads in the bush on which the communities depend, which means a safer and smoother journey for all,” said Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole.

“This is about making life-saving improvements on the streets of Central West for safer trips to school, work and shops.

“The NSW government is committed to building a safer, stronger regional NSW. The investments we are making in projects like this through our Safer Roads program are expected to result in the loss of more than 1,500 lives and serious injuries our roads over 15 years prevent years.

“That’s 1,500 people who come home safely to their families because of this work.”

MLC Sam Farraway stated that work on 10 projects along this route started last week, with the added bonus of supporting approximately 20 local jobs.

“The projects include clear zone improvements, the installation and replacement of safety barriers and intersection upgrades at Mousehole Lane, Peabody Road, Rosamel Lane, Healeys Road, Lake Endeavor Road, Cooka Hills Road, Bindogundra Road, Hunts Crossing Road, Massurit Lane and Kamandra Lane, said Mr. Farraway.

Work will also include removing vegetation along various sections of the Henry Parkes Way and Escort Way to allow for shoulder expansion.

The projects will be divided into two phases carried out by the Cabonne Council and the Parkes Shire Council on behalf of Transport for NSW. The first phase will be completed in late June and the second in 2022.