Official Media Release

Denman Road Upgrades Drive Safer Journeys

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that motorists travelling along Denman Road are now enjoying smoother and safer journeys following the completion of upgrades near Denman.

Mr Johnsen said the $8.2 million project included widening and rebuilding the road, installing roadside safety barriers and upgrading drainage along a three-kilometre section of Denman Road from the Golden Highway intersection.

“This is a busy thoroughfare with more than 8,000 vehicles travelling along the road each day,” Mr Johnsen said.

“This section of Denman Road has a history of crashes involving motorists veering off the road, so I’m pleased this work will help to reduce the risk and severity of crashes.

“The project has not only improved safety for locals, commuters and heavy vehicle drivers who use this route each day, but it’s also helping  our local local economy by supporting about 50 jobs for contractors, plant and equipment suppliers and traffic controllers.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said it was also pleasing to see more than 75 per cent of materials removed from the old road surface recycled and reused for this project.

“Gravel and other road base materials removed from the road were mixed with recycled asphalt and reused to build the road shoulders,” Mr Toole said.

“This is another example of how the NSW Government is leading the way in delivering innovative solutions that can allow us to build more roads at less cost, while minimising the impact on the environment.

“It’s great to see what would have been waste products given a new life in new roads.”