A re-elected NSW Liberal and Nationals Government will commit $32 million to build up to four new overtaking lanes on the Mitchell Highway between Dubbo and Wellington.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the new overtaking lanes will see significant travel time and safety benefits for road users traveling on the Mitchell Highway.

“We’ve seen housing demand in Wellington rise by over 30 per cent in the past year, according to the Real Estate Institute NSW (Orana Division), which means the demand on this particular road is also increasing,” Mr Saunders said.

“This stretch of highway is an important link for our region, and is used by thousands of local residents, tourists and freight operators each and every day.

“It also builds on the three overtaking lanes and widening work on the Mitchell Highway between Dubbo and Narromine, increasing capacity and safety on a large stretch of this vital highway,” he said.

“These new overtaking lanes will provide drivers with additional opportunities to safely overtake, reducing the risk of accidents, and improving traffic flow on this busy stretch of road.”

Bodangora farmer Simon Barton, who uses the Mitchell Highway frequently, said more overtaking lanes will make a huge difference to people who use the road every day.

“The increase in traffic is something I’ve certainly noticed and had a chat to Dugald about,” Mr Barton said.

“I’m really excited about the positive impact these new overtaking lanes will have on our community, and I know that same feeling will be shared by everyone else who relies on this road.

“It’s an investment that will improve our safety, our quality of life, and our ability to move freight more efficiently.”

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