Pictured: Armidale mayor Simon Murray, Member for New England Barnaby Joyce and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall marking the start of construction on the airport roundabout.
Motorists can already see activity near Armidale Airport from today as major work begins on the much-anticipated new roundabout on the New England Highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the Australian and NSW Governments had partnered with Armidale Regional Council to build the roundabout, which will improve access to the airport industrial area.
“This project will improve access to Armidale Airport for the many locals and interstate visitors who use the airport each week, while supporting proposed industrial development in the area,” Mr McCormack said.
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the new roundabout would improve safety and traffic flow along the New England Highway.
“The project will allow the 60 km/h speed zone in the area to be extended improving safety, access and road quality for the local community and freight traffic, including B-doubles,” Mrs Pavey said.
Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the project complements record roads funding already in place throughout the electorate.
“This roundabout builds on the other major road projects earmarked for New England, such as our $55 million commitment for the Bolivia Hill upgrade, $10 million for planning of Tenterfield bypass, $65 million for the Scone bypass and tens of millions more for smaller projects through Roads to Recovery, Bridges Renewal and Black Spot programs,” Mr Joyce said.
NSW Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said work started earlier this month, involving relocating services and establishing a site office.
“When complete, the roundabout will help control the number of entry and exit points for traffic and ensure safety on the New England Highway,” Mr Marshall said.
Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said Council is contributing $1.2 million to construct the new roundabout, which would significantly improve traffic flows and safety for motorists on the highway and airport entrance.
“It will also enable access to a proposed industrial subdivision in the area, while including provision for future development on adjacent private land,” Cr Murray said.
“Coming on the heels of the recent upgrade of Armidale Regional Airport, the roundabout construction and accompanying potential for industrial development are exciting progress for this entrance to the city. There will be some changes to traffic conditions during the project and we thank motorists for their consideration during these important works.”
The Australian Government has committed $1 million for the new roundabout, which is being built by Armidale Regional Council about 500 metres south of the existing entrance to the airport, with Council committing a further $1.2 million and the NSW Government $1 million.
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