Landscaping to beautify highway | Mirage News
Transport for NSW has announced that Albury will be upgrading the Hume Freeway to make the gateway to the city more visually appealing for the 25,000 motorists who pass through it every day.
The beautification work includes extensive planting of native vegetation with a “minimalist” approach to highlight the land formation and allow open views.
The project, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW governments, will not only create a more attractive road corridor, it will also improve the environment and reduce the risk of bush fires.
AlburyCity has worked closely with both governments to shape the landscaping and select the appropriate vegetation, which includes red gum and a range of native grasses, shrubs and ground covers.
Planting begins in August and is carried out over two planting seasons, with the newly designed highway border becoming visible in around 12 months.
The landscaping work takes place at four locations:
- Shoulder to the north, at the north end of Oddies Creek Bridge to East Street
- Hume Highway south, from North Street to Borella Road (Riverina Highway)
- South and North Shoulders, north of Racecourse Road, and
- Central median north of the Thurgoona flyover
To reduce the impact on motorists, the work will take place on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weather permitting and is expected to be completed in August 2022. Single lane closures and reduced speed limits will apply during working hours.
AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack thanked the Commonwealth and NSW governments for their support and said the work for thousands of highway travelers will make a great first impression of Albury.
“The existing freeway edges are in desperate need of overhaul and this work will transform the approach to town and create an attractive, environmentally friendly introduction to Albury for visitors and locals,” he said.
“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Transport for NSW to make this exciting project a reality.”
This project is part of the Federal Stimulus Road Safety Program and is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.
In total, the Australian government has pledged up to $ 300 million and the NSW government has pledged an additional $ 108.2 million to fund the nationwide upgrades as part of the first tranche.
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