NEXT STAGE FOR GUNNEDAH SECOND ROAD OVER RAIL BRIDGE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has invited Gunnedah residents to have their say on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the second road over rail bridge.
Mr Anderson said the REF assesses the potential environmental and social impacts of the proposed new bridge and outlines the benefits of the project.
“The preferred option for the new bridge was confirmed in November last year after community consultation. It would extend west of the Gunnedah Maize Mill from the Oxley Highway before joining Warrabungle Street.
“The preferred option would maintain access to Barber Street via a new intersection with Warrabungle Street.
“Residents can now have their say on the REF, which found the preferred option for the new bridge would not significantly impact the environment or local community.
“The REF also describes measures that would be put in place to manage potential impacts.
”As part of the process a biodiversity assessment was carried out and found the new bridge was unlikely to have a significant impact on the ecological values in the area.
“The REF also found the new bridge would improve local traffic efficiency and road safety in Gunnedah by eliminating delays at the Oxley Highway roundabout and removing the New Street rail level crossing.
“The new bridge would also provide an unrestricted Higher Mass Limit (HML) freight vehicle route through Gunnedah.”
Mr Anderson said feedback provided on the REF would be considered as decisions for the project are made.
“Residents can view the REF online or in person at Gunnedah Shire Council, Gunnedah Shire Library or Gunnedah Motor Registry.
“Community drop in sessions will also be held so residents can speak to project staff.
“Sessions will be held on Thursday 18 June from 4pm to 7pm and Friday 19 June from 9am to 12pm in the Mooki Room at the Gunnedah Civic on Chandos Street.
“While the design of the bridge is carried out early work will continue to ensure the bridge will fit into the local road network.
“Utilities are being relocated and work has started on a new roundabout at the Kamilaroi Highway and Warrabungle Street intersection.
“This early work was assessed under a separate REF process and is being carried out by Gunnedah Shire Council,” Mr Anderson concluded.
For more information on the project visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/northern-nsw/gunnedah/index.html