BRIDGES FOR THE BUSH: PLANS ADVANCE FOR GUNNEDAH RAIL OVERPASS
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today confirmed the preferred option for the Gunnedah second road over rail bridge.
Work will now start to develop the concept design and seek environmental approvals.
“The Gunnedah overpass is one of 17 key locations in country NSW to help improve the state’s freight movement by upgrading and replacing bridges as part of the NSW Government’s $290 million Bridges for the Bush.”
“The preferred option will provide an unrestricted Higher Mass Limit (HML) route through the town and maintain access to the Barber Street business precinct through an upgrade intersection.
"The preferred option, Option C, is west of the Gunnedah Maize Mill and will connect the Oxley Highway with a new roundabout at the intersection of Conadilly and Warrabungle streets.”
“With the preferred option now confirmed we are now another step closer to delivering upgraded freight access and improving local traffic efficiency and safety.
Mr Anderson said the delivery of this overpass was yet another example of the NSW Government providing more efficient ways of moving freight around the state, as part of Bridges for the Bush.
“To support the extensive interstate road freight journeys on our roads, plans for Option C were refined to include access to Barber Street from the overpass,” Mr Anderson said.
“I’m pleased the recommended Option C for the second overpass of the railway line at Gunnedah identified in August is now the preferred option.
“The new route will replace the New Street level crossing, which will be closed.
“A community submissions report has also been prepared to respond to issues raised during recent consultation.
“The community gave feedback to the recommended option during a four week consultation period from August involving information sessions and a project stall at AgQuip field days.
“Feedback has been carefully considered for the preferred option and responded to in the Community Submissions Report.
“I would like to thank the community, Gunnedah Shire Council, Australian Rail Track Corporation and Transport for NSW for their feedback to the recommended option.
“The next step is to further develop the concept design and seek environmental approvals for the project.”
For more information, please contact the project team on the toll free number 1800 029 585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the preferred option visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects.