Bad roads: Drivers rate Cargo Road one of the worst in western NSW

POUNDED: Cadia Road between Orange and Nashdale. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
POUNDED: Cadia Road between Orange and Nashdale. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Drivers have voted Cargo Road one of the worst roads in western NSW.

The NRMA's Rate Your Road survey, that collected 700 responses in the region and 23,400 across NSW, found Cargo Road was rated only 41 out of 100.

Other roads in western NSW to rate low included the Bylong Valley Way (Illford-Sandy Hollow) at 38/100 and the Mitchell Highway at Dubbo 44/100.

'Members have previously voted it a source of frustration.'

Peter Khoury, NRMA spokesman

All three were rated lower than the five NSW roads that received the most votes.

Orange roads received 149 votes from NRMA members, compared to 108 in Bathurst and 104 in the Mid-Western council area.

Other roads in Orange to make the list included the Northern Distributor Road, the Mitchell Highway and Cadia Road.

NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said Cargo Road was a regular on its annual list.

CARGO ROAD: Crumbling edges near Nashdale. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

CARGO ROAD: Crumbling edges near Nashdale. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

"At the NRMA we know that motorists in and around Orange have been fed up with Cargo Road for many years, members have previously voted it a source of frustration," he said.

Mr Khoury said previous results had helped Orange City Council receive funding to upgrade the road however council spokesman Nick Redmond said council did not receive any external funding for the project.

Works are currently underway to upgrade Cargo Road on the outskirts of Orange with the project due to be finished in April.

Cabonne Council also has four projects, totalling about $1.5 million, underway to upgrade sections of Cargo Road.

A spokeswoman said an application for $400,000 to improve the Cargo Road-Lake Canobolas intersection had also been lodged.

POOR CONDITION: Cargo Road near Nashdale.

POOR CONDITION: Cargo Road near Nashdale.

Orange mayor Reg Kidd said Cargo Road now was busier than ever.

"It's a narrow, winding, guttered road that has all sorts of speed restrictions on it, I suspect, because of safety concerns," he said.

Cr Kidd said it was used by heavy trucks and was a direct route for traffic.

He called on the state government to spend more of the money it collected through fuel excises on improving roads.

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