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$100 million Barton Highway works begin

Priority actions under the Barton Highway Improvement Strategy program have begun in New South Wales as part of a $100 million package.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the works were to address the short-term actions identified in the Barton Highway Improvement Strategy.

“The Australian Government has also approved a $3.25 million investment in intelligent transport systems (ITS) that are designed to improve trip reliability and to better manage and reduce traffic incidents,” Chester said.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, said ITS measures could include real-time traffic monitoring, closed circuit television (CCTV) and variable message signs at strategic locations to inform road users of changed traffic conditions.

“ITS and a duplication business case are two of the short-term actions identified as part of the improvement strategy, and the ITS measures in particular offer motorists the prospect of quicker, safer and more reliable trips by helping road users with travel decisions while improving incident management," Pavey said.

"This is good news for the entire Yass Valley region and is the result of significant stakeholder consultation and community feedback received as part of the improvement strategy."

The Australian and New South Wales governments have each committed $50 million to improve road user safety, traffic flow and freight productivity on the Barton Highway.

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