Work to begin next year on B-double route

Dubbo City Council expects construction of a route to improve B-double access to begin early next year

By Brad Gardner | October 21, 2010

Work on an upgrade to improve B-double access and productivity in the NSW region of Dubbo will begin next year.

Following the NSW Government’s decision to unlock protected land to allow the upgrade of the intersection of Boothenba Road and the Golden Highway to go ahead, Dubbo Council is aiming to begin work in early 2011.

The project of is expected to take less than six months to complete and required the NSW Government to revoke 1.159 hectares of conservation area.

"We expect to have it finished b the end of the financial year," the council’s civil infrastructure manager, Steve Clayton, says.

"We’ve basically done the design and everything."

Once finished, the council anticipates trucks travelling to Dubbo saleyards and the abattoir will cut trips by 5km. B-doubles are currently prevented from accessing the areas, forcing them to travel through the city centre.

Clayton says the total cost of the project will exceed $1.4 million. He says $1.4 million is coming from the Federal Government and the council will spend $1.3 million.

"The safety upgrade is considered both urgent and essential. Boothenba Road is part of the northern freight vehicle route but is not able to be used by B-doubles to bypass Dubbo," Liberal MP Catherine Cusack says.

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