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5 November 1998 4A/98

TENDER EXEMPTION PAVES WAY FOR SUMMERLAND WAY WORKS

The accelerated development of the Summerland Way around Kyogle took a step forward today when the Federal Government approved a tender exemption that allows work to proceed on construction of two overtaking lanes north and south of the town.

To be undertaken by Kyogle Shire Council day labour gangs, the two passing lanes will be built:

• northbound between 1.9 km and 3km north of the town at Newpark, along the Kyogle to Waingaree level crossing section, and • southbound, 7.9 km to 9.2 km south of Kyogle at Cedar Point, including an upgrading of the intersection with the Lismore Road.

The $1 million total cost will be met from the Federal Government’s Roads of National Importance Program. The work will create or sustain 20 jobs.

The Federal Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said construction would start in late January or February and be completed about mid-April.

The Minister praised the Federal Member for Page, Ian Causley, for his support for the work.

"When considered with work under way to replace Gordons Bridge and the Unumgar realignment, also involving the Kyogle Shire workforce, the Federal Government funding for additional overtaking lanes represents a significant contribution to the region’s transport infrastructure and employment prospects," Mr Anderson said.

The Federal Government works program is in addition to State-funded projects on Summerland Way. Mr Anderson said the upgrading would deliver direct benefits for transport-dependant industries around Lismore, Casino and Kyogle.

"The Summerland Way redevelopment will provide a reliable alternative route when the Clarence and Richmond Rivers flood and encourage tourism on the North Coast of NSW, which will in turn support more jobs and growth.

"It is hoped to reduce the highway’s crash rate by more than half — from 97 crashes per million- kilometres (vkm) of travel and reduce annual casualties from 65 per vkm to around 20.

"I am particularly keen to see work advanced on the Summerland Way that will result in a safe and consistent standard of road that increases flood immunity and helps in widening the entire route to seven metres with one-metre sealed shoulders and other identified projects that will increase safety."

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