NSW Government, Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay announced that funding for road maintenance and minor improvements to roads and bridges within NSW, including council-owned infrastructure, has hit record levels.
“In 2013-14, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed $1.54 billion towards the maintenance and repair of roads and bridges on state and council owned networks – this is the largest funding commitment for maintenance in the state’s history”, Minister Gay said.
The historic funding levels are a result of the O’Farrell-Stoner Government delivering more than $15 billion in funding for new capital works, maintenance and minor improvements in its first three budgets, according to Minister Gay.
The funding will not only benefit large projects, but will also go toward smaller maintenance such as repairing flood-damaged roads in North West NSW.
Included in the funding allocation is almost $432 million in Block Grants, REPAIR funding and forecasted national disaster payments to councils. In comparison to previous years’ funding, this years’ total is a 36 per cent increase to the $318 million spent in 2010 to 2011.
With more focus on maintenance and improvements of roads in NSW, there is potentially less risk of accident for drivers. Well-maintained roads can be easier, and therefore safer, to drive on, which could result in a decrease in crashes and other road accidents, meaning less injuries to road users and less overall use of the compulsory green slip scheme.