The Berrigan Heavy Vehicle Bypass will receive more than $900,000 in the third round of the Fixing Country Roads program.
The investment will assist heavy vehicle access to the Berrigan silos via the adjacent Strathdale Rd and will reduce the number of trucks travelling through the town centre as well as improving intersections in the area.
‘‘This investment will significantly reduce costs to business and industry, while driving economic growth and improve the amenity of Berrigan town centre,’’ Member for Murray Austin Evans said.
‘‘Economic growth in rural areas relies on agricultural commodities, industrial products and natural resources being able to move to market efficiently, and this project will deliver on this.’’
The current route requires trucks to use Oaklands Rd which bends its way to the centre of town, and then use Jerilderie Rd to access the silos.
Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan said council welcomed the funding.
‘‘Any funding we can get into the shire, particularity into our road network, is important.
‘‘Strathdale Rd will give better access to the silos rather than going through the main streets of Berrigan, so that will take pressure off that area.
‘‘The council will also contribute over $200,000 to this project,’’ Cr Hannan said.
Berrigan Shire has received more than $1.8 million in the past two years from the Fixing Country Roads program.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said safe and reliable roads are ‘‘essential to maintaining our standard of living and will continue to be a priority for the NSW Government’’.