Dubbo's Purvis Lane has become a wider and safer transport link thanks to a $9.9 million upgrade.
The works to the 1.2 kilometre stretch of road included road surface widening, improvements to the flow capacity of the table drains and crossover culverts, installation of underground storm water infrastructure, as well as the installation of new energy efficient LED street lighting.
Dubbo Regional Council contributed $7 million towards the project, while the NSW and federal governments funded the rest.
Dubbo mayor Ben Shields said it was great to see the long-awaited project come to fruition.
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"The existing road was originally constructed as a local access road to the former abattoir more than five decades ago and it was no longer suitable for the thousands of vehicles that use it each day, including large numbers of heavy vehicles," Cr Shields said.
The emphasis for this project has been creating better ease of access. An added benefit will be less congestion on the central streets of the city as it provides an alternate route between the Newell and Golden highways.
"I am so pleased that this project will benefit the industrial precinct of Dubbo and improve the safety of some of our busiest streets. Large heavy vehicles can now safely use Purvis Lane to move through the city, rather than enter an already busy Bourke and Erskine streets," Cr Shields said.
The redevelopment of Purvis Lane will have the added economic benefit of providing long term traffic flow growth.
"Dubbo Regional Council enthusiastically invested over $7 million to this vital infrastructure project," the mayor said.
"Improving access for heavy vehicles to major transport terminals will help drive business confidence in the Dubbo Region as we embark on our road to economic recovery."
Council started the work on the Purvis Lane Redevelopment Project in 2018 and would like to thank the businesses and residents in the area for their cooperation and understanding during the essential upgrade and improvement to the road network.