MORE than $22 million worth of road projects have been announced across the New England, including $4.96 million for the Kempsey Road to Black Bird Creek Bridge upgrade.
The funding was part of round two of the NSW Fixing Local Roads program, which provides councils with the necessary money to complete, begin or continue road upgrades.
The state government has chipped in for some major works such as the Kempsey Road to Black Bird Creek Bridge upgrade.
"Safe, reliable roads are essential infrastructure for communities in the bush, so it's great that the Federal Government has turbocharged the NSW Government's $500 million Fixing Local Roads program by committing $191 million last year," Mr Joyce said.
"Funding includes almost $5 million for Kempsey Road near Armidale, a key route from the Tablelands to the Coast which I've been lobbying hard for more funding.
"This is yet further delivery for the people of New England from Tenterfield to the Upper Hunter, providing vital upgrades to our roads that people need and deserve."
The money has to be spent within two years, and Mr Joyce is hoping to see construction begin as soon as possible, especially given that recent weather has caused significant damage.
"We've had massive rains on the eastern side of the electorate, so it's important we follow that straight up with getting in and fixing some of the roads," he stated.
Other upgrades include the $810,465 widening and rehab of Hawthorne Road in Uralla Shire and $3.02 million to reseal local roads in the Glen Innes Severn Shire, as well as a $875,000 rehab of Howell Road in the Inverell Shire, $3.36 million sealing of Kildare Road in Tenterfield Shire, and the $4.71 million sealing of Barrington Forest Road in the Upper Hunter Shire.
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