A dangerous section of the New England Highway near Muswellbrook is set for a $600,000 safety upgrade.
Work will begin to upgrade the road between Thomas Mitchell Drive and 1.5km north of Muscle Creek and make it safer for road users.
Newly announced NSW Nationals candidate for the Upper Hunter Dave Layzell kicked off his campaign with the announcement on the weekend.
"As an Upper Hunter local I know how important this stretch of road is to the region which is why the NSW Nationals have worked to fund these safety upgrade," Mr Layzell said.
"The NSW Nationals are building a safer and stronger Upper Hunter by building safer roads to make sure people get from a to b as safely as possible.
"The New England Highway is an incredibly important stretch of road for this region, with more than 9,000 vehicles using this stretch of road each day. Those people will now have a safer journey thanks to the NSW Nationals."
Mr Layzell said this is just one example of the projects that the NSW Nationals are delivering for the Upper Hunter.
"The NSW Nationals are the only party that truly cares about the Upper Hunter. We have delivered record funding for this region and we will continue to do so if I am elected to represent this community," Mr Layzell said.
"The NSW Nationals are committed to ensuring the Upper Hunter is a safe and prosperous place to live. This project will support up to 30 jobs and inject a significant amount of money into the local economy.
"Drought, COVID, bushfires and floods have hurt the Upper Hunter but the NSW Nationals are committed to stimulating our local economy at a time when it is needed most."
The safety upgrades will include:
- Improving line markings.
- Installing a one-metre-wide painted centreline along the 5.5km section of the highway.
- New signs.
- Roadside safety barriers.
- Audio-tactile line markings, or rumble strips along the road edge and centrelines.
- Improving line markings and shoulder widening, to allow for a safer right turn into Milpera Drive.
Work will be carried out overnight from Sunday to Friday between 7pm and 5am and is expected to be completed in three weeks, weather permitting.