Media Release - Reduction in Speed Limit on the Murringo Road (MR241W)

Approved for release by: Anthony McMahon

Date for release: 9 February 2016

Media Contact: Anthony McMahon

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Reduction in Speed Limit on the Murringo Road (MR241W)

Due to deteriorating conditions of the road surface, Boorowa Council has reduced speed limits on some sections of the Murringo Road.

The Murringo Road is a key regional transport link between Young and Boorowa as well as the Olympic Highway to the Hume Highway.

In recent years the road has experienced considerable increase in heavy vehicle traffic since the route was sealed in its entirety.

“The road was never built to cater for the volume of traffic or the size of loads that it currently experiences” said Boorowa Mayor, Wendy Tuckerman.

Council has plans in place to repair the road and is awaiting advice from the NSW Government on grant applications submitted to the Fixing Country Roads program.

“We believe our grant submission aligns very strongly with the criteria for the program which is about moving freight more efficiently and safely” said Councils General Manager, Anthony McMahon.

Council has also submitted an application to the Fixing Country Roads Program for improvements to the Cunningar Road to ensure that the route between the Lachlan Valley Way and the Cunningar silos is suitable for B-doubles for the full length.

Council expects to hear an outcome on the Fixing Country Roads Program within the next two to three months and in the interim will continue to monitor the condition of the Murringo Road.

“It is one of our highest traffic Council owned roads which we have limited funding to support, so the Fixing Country Roads Program is the ideal means for us to make the road as efficient and safe as possible” said Mayor Tuckerman.

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