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Federal Govt commits to Barton HWY duplication

  • Posted on Wednesday 13th, May 2020.

The Federal Government has committed $150 million to the duplication of the Barton Highway from the ACT towards Murrumbateman to improve safety and reduce travel times for all road users.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the Federal Government has not cut infrastructure spending, especially not in regional Australia.

“We have increased our commitment to building infrastructure with a record $100 billion pipeline of projects over 10 years, with regional Australia benefitting from more than $30 billion since 2013-14," said McCormack.

“The business case for duplicating the Barton Highway has already been completed and was published in February 2020, with construction expected to begin later this year.

“It was the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government, not Labor, which decided to increase the widely successful Roads to Recovery program by $1.1 billion. We increased Black Spot funding by $550 million and the Bridges Renewal and Heavy Vehicle Safety Productivity Program by a combined $550 million.

“This new funding is directly benefiting the people of Eden-Monaro, with almost $60 million from these programs alone. We know how crucial these programs are and we know what regional communities want, need, expect and most importantly deserve," he said.

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