WHIPPING UP SOME ACTION AT HOSS CAUSEWAY FLOOD PROOFING UPGRADE
Thousands of motorists will enjoy safer, more efficient travel when upgrades along the Oxley Highway to improve flood proofing between Tamworth and Gunnedah are completed.
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey, today inspected the $5 million project that includes the upgrade of Hoss Causeway.
Mr Anderson said the flood improvement work, immediately east of Carroll is being delivered under a $50 million program to improve safety along the Oxley Highway.
“I am committed to improving this well-travelled strip of the Oxley Highway and upgrading the Highway at Hoss Causeway will further minimise the impacts of flooding on this road.
“This section of the Oxley Highway is a vital link between Gunnedah and Tamworth with up to 4000 motorists using it every day.
“This work includes raising the level of highway, installing new drainage and lifting the road level on Gunnembene Lane with Gunnedah Shire Council completing this upgrade.
“In the past 12 months, a number of projects have been completed on this section of the Oxley Highway including a new eastbound overtaking lane and the extension of a westbound overtaking lane.
“These works will not only reduce the frequency of highway closures due to flood events, but will also improve safety and reduce future maintenance costs,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Minister Pavey said the upgrades are within budget and on target to re-open by the end of the year.
“When it rains, localised flooding of the Hoss Causeway and Tommy Swamp can result in the temporary closure of the Oxley Highway, causing lengthy delays for motorists,” Mrs Pavey said.