Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the announcement of funding for the detailed design of the Goonoo Goonoo Road upgrade from Calala Lane to Jack Smyth Drive was great news for Tamworth.
Mr Anderson said the total of 1.5 kilometres of road had been a bottleneck in the south of the city for years and taking forward the design to a ‘shovel-ready’ project was a positive step.
“As the city grows this stretch of road becomes more of a problem, that’s why we’ve got to fix it.
“Today’s announcement of $152,000 and funding from Tamworth Regional Council will help complete the design phase, so it makes us shovel ready as soon as money for the project becomes available.
“I have been fighting for this upgrade, making representations on behalf of TRC. So it’s awesome news to receive this funding from Roads and Maritime Service,” Mr Anderson concluded.
TRC Mayor, Cr Col Murray said Council has long shared the Government’s vision to see this section of road prioritised, and we have already delivered preliminary design concepts.
“With the green light given to proceed to the more detailed design phase, we expect to have designs for the Calala Lane to Craigends Lane section shovel-ready before the end of this financial year. 
It’s also promising that landscaping for this important arrival zone is being given consideration in the design. Not only do we want a better driver experience, enhanced landscaping we serve as nice welcome to Tamworth,” Cr Murray said.
The design of the upgrade consists of:
Widening each carriageway to dual travel lanes, and parking lanes in each direction. The upgrade also includes a median to separate the two carriage ways;
Intersection upgrades at Craigends Lane, The Ringers Road and Greg Norman Drive are also be a feature of the detailed design
Kerb and gutter and underground storm water drainage;
Street lighting; and,
Landscaping which will ensure a quality arrival experience into Tamworth. 
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP and Tamworth Regional Council’s Mayor, Cr Col Murray on Goonoo Goonoo Road.

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