The Government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has announced an A$100m ($66.55m) stimulus to facilitate road and maintenance works.

The stimulus package is funded by the state government’s A$2.3bn ($1.53bn) Covid-19 package that will enable Transport for NSW to deliver additional projects apart from its planned work programme.

In addition, the move will support jobs and local businesses as Australia gradually relaxes its Covid-19 related restrictions to restart the economy.

NSW Minister for Regional Roads and Transport Paul Toole said: “Across the regions, we’ve accelerated A$100m of big and small projects, projects that will help deliver safer, smoother and more reliable journeys for local communities right across the State.

“More than 70 projects have already kicked off or will in the next few weeks, with more projects being assessed for the next financial year.”

The stimulus package is expected to support several road works across the state. It has helped in advancing road resurfacing works in Kings Highway and the Snowy Mountains Highway over Brown Mountain.

Transport for NSW has also expedited works to widen the Newell Highway. It will also carry out safety improvement works on the Mitchell Highway near the South Australian border.

Earlier this month, the NSW Government released a plan to implement physical distancing guidelines across its public transport network to minimise Covid-19 contagion risks.

In March, Transport for NSW announced plans to introduce extended clearways on Blaxland Road, in a step to reduce congestion on Sydney roads