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Federal government gives extra $12 million for rain-affected national highways in NSW



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iifr Bob Brown v. AUSTRALIA ,,vMinister for Land Transport 002/91 7 January 1991

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVES EXTRA $12 MILLION FOR RAIN-AFFECTED NATIONAL HIGHWAYS IN NSW

The Federal Government will contribute a further $12 million to the rehabilitation of rain-affected sections of the Hume and New England Highways in New South Wales. ,

The two highways will receive extra Federal Government funding injections of $6 million each over and above spending worth approximately $650 million earmarked during the next few years. The money is in addition to Federal funding provisions to the NSW Government under the Commonwealth's Natural Disaster Relief Scheme.

Announcing the additional Federal grants today, Federal Land Transport Minister Bob Brown said $2.4 million would be spent on a project to rehabilitate a 10 km section of the Hume Highway, immediately north of the intersection of the Sturt Highway to Wagga Wagga.

The remaining $3.6 million Hume Highway allocation would be spent on pavement rehabilitation, mainly in Southern NSW.

Similar rehabilitation, at a cost of $6 million, is planned for the New England Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border.

Mr Brown said he was very concerned at the deterioration in the road pavement along sections of the vital National Highway links to Melbourne and Brisbane.

'The prolonged wet weather in the first half of last year has resulted in the saturation of some older pavements, which are breaking up under traffic.

'They are a safety hazard.

'The number one priority of the Federal Government's National Highway program is to ensure that these roads are maintained in a safe and trafficable condition for road users', Mr Brown said.

The Minister said the rehabilitation project on the Hume Highway, south of Gundagai, would be carried out while traffic used the road. While most of the work would be suject to competitive tender, NSW Roads and Traffic Authority gangs would undertake works worth about

$1 million.

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