Golden Highway upgrades at Ogilvies Hill and Winery Hill complete

13 July 2020

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that the Golden Highway upgrades to deliver safer and more efficient journeys along the key freight route between Whittingham and Dubbo are now complete, with new overtaking lanes at Ogilvies Hill and Winery Hill in the Upper Hunter open to traffic. 

Mr Johnsen said the Nationals in Government invested $109 million for the Golden Highway package of works, with a further $24 million from the Australian Government, to improve the road between the Hunter Valley and Dubbo. 

“This route has been identified as an important connection between the Central West and the Port of Newcastle, so we know upgrades like this will not only benefit our local communities, but also the growing freight industry,” Mr Johnsen said. 

“On top of delivering new overtaking lanes, this particular project has also seen safety improved, with wider road shoulders, enhanced clear zones to help drivers recover if their vehicles veer from the road, and new roadside barriers.”

 Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new lanes, finished two months ahead of schedule, would provide motorists with safer and more reliable journeys between the Upper Hunter and Central West.

 “The upgrades at Ogilvies Hill and Winery Hill have provided additional overtaking opportunities in both directions, as well as a smoother, stronger road surface and improved drainage,” Mr Toole said. 

“We are proud to be delivering these projects because we know they will improve safety, travel times, reliability and freight access for all road users.” 

The overtaking lanes at Ogilives Hill opened to traffic on Friday, 29 May 2020, followed by the overtaking lanes opening at Winery Hill today.

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