Parkes Shire Council is pleased to announce that they have received $2.3 million in funding from the NSW Government, as part of the Fixing Local Roads Program Round 3.

Fixing Local Roads is a $500 million NSW Government program that supports shovel-ready projects to repair, maintain and seal priority local roads across NSW.

The NSW Government announced $153 million for 94 regional councils to fix, maintain and seal priority roads in the bush through Round 3 of the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads program.

The Government is investing in the local infrastructure regional communities rely on, with this announcement giving councils across rural and regional NSW a helping hand to deliver the projects that really matter.

Under this program, hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing to regional councils, delivering safer journeys for families and improving the freight network in the bush.

This funding will see Council deliver upgrades to the Peak Hill - Baldry Road. The project involves widening and overlaying existing unsealed pavement with bitumen sealing and improvements to drainage. In total, 15 kilometres of the Peak Hill - Baldry Road will be upgraded from the intersection of the Newell Highway.

Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "This road is currently unsealed and due to vertical and horizontal alignment deficiencies, it's unable to be classified as a B-Double or higher rated road. By improving this road to meet the increasing freight demand, it will allow greater efficiency of vehicles to this agricultural area.

"Due to the road being unsealed, it requires continual re-sheeting and grader maintenance, to ensure access is maintained, as this road crosses into an adjoining LGA. The upgrades will also improve sight distance and the ability for two vehicles to safely pass on the identified section of road.

"It is wonderful that the State Government has invested in this project. This road services both freight and passenger purposes, including a school bus service, and the proposed improvements will make it much safer for the mix of heavy vehicles and everyday passenger vehicles," said the Mayor.

Survey design and investigative work will commence in February 2022, with construction expected to commence in September 2022.

Parkes Shire Council has received funding in all three rounds of the NSW Government's Fixing Local Roads Program.