Gillenbah rest area and safety upgrade complete

Heavy vehicle operators using the Newell Highway at Gillenbah in New South Wales will now benefit from improvements to a section often used for stopping and resting.

“The Australian Government is working hard to provide better road side facilities to improve safety and productivity outcomes for heavy vehicle operators,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss.

Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said pedestrians would also benefit from the works, which include shoulder widening and improved access to properties, new kerb and guttering, line marking and installation of signs, a footpath and pedestrian refuge.

“The Newell Highway is a key link between Victoria and Queensland and an important freight route running parallel to the east coast,” McCormack said.

According to Minister Truss, the Australian and New South Wales governments have provided $4.8 million for work on the 800-metre section of the highway, about two kilometres south of Narrandera. Improvements to access to an existing service station, including turning lanes for east and westbound motorists were also part of the Gillenbah rest area project.

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