Silver City Highway Leading To Broken Hill

The New South Wales Government has announced works to seal the Silver City Highway will ramp up, with extra crews set to help deliver the project by the end of 2022.

When completed, the Silver City Highway will be a fully-sealed highway from Broken Hill to the Queensland border.

New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said since the sealing project began, 132.6km of dirt road had been bitumen-sealed on the Silver City Highway with only 20km left to go.

“The New South Wales Government is securing a brighter future for regional New South Wales by building what matters through our $19.4 billion road and transport infrastructure pipeline,” Mr Farraway said. 

“Once the Silver City Highway and Cobb Highway are completed, the entire New South Wales state road network will be sealed.

“This is a major achievement and massive win for motorists and our freight industry in the Far West who will benefit from smoother, safer and critically, more reliable journeys.

“Last year some unsealed sections of the Silver City were closed or open with very limited capacity for more than 100 days due to wet weather.

“By sealing our road network we are strengthening our supply chain network, reducing wear and tear on vehicles, and reducing the need for disruptive closures during flooding events.

“Work will continue on the Cobb Highway until our crews return in January keeping the project on track for its scheduled completion by June 2023.”

The New South Wales Government has committed $195 million to seal both the Silver City and Cobb Highways, the last two unsealed roads on the state’s highway network which connect Far West communities between the Victorian and Queensland borders.

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