Preliminary upgrade works on the Newell Highway at Bellata are among roadworks fast-tracked with the State Government spending $3.1 million as part of a program to create jobs and boost the economy during COVID-19.

Four major road projects in the Moree Plains Shire are among those part of the program.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Minister for Regional Roads Paul Toole visited Bellata last month to inspect the completed relocation of water utilities on either side of the village.

“Through this stimulus program $500,000 has been spent to relocate water pipes in preparation for the upgrade of the Newell Highway, Narrabri to Moree section” said Mr Marshall.

“Planning is continuing for the upgrade which will see the construction of up to 33 kilometres of new road, including entire new sections of road, intersection improvements, widened road shoulders and five new overtaking lanes.

“An additional $730,000 has also been made available to accelerate the widening of an 800 metre stretch of the Newell Highway south of Boggabilla.

“As a direct result of these stimulus projects, the equivalent of 12-14 full time positions have been supported during construction, as well as the engagement of seven local contractors and organisations for traffic control, equipment hire, gravel supply, water cartage and freight.”

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