Gunnedah residents will see work beginning this month on the new $62 million Gunnedah road over rail bridge, ahead of schedule.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey today joined Parliamentary Secretary and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson to announce early works had commenced on the Gunnedah overpass.

“This is significant project that will reduce congestion on local roads, providing safer traffic solutions for now and well into the future as the region continues to grow,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Work was expected to begin in January 2019, so it’s fantastic to see work is commencing ahead of schedule.”

KEY POINTS:

  • The $62 million project is funded by the NSW Government as part of the Bridges for the Bush program
  • Daracon Group has been contracted by Roads and Maritime Services to deliver this project
  • Early work includes the removal of buildings at 2 and 4 Barber Street and installing site offices and the work compound
  • Work will be carried out from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays
  • Work will be suspended during the Christmas closedown period, between 24 December 2018 and 6 January 2019

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said work involves clearing the site, installing boundary fencing, installing access tracks and transferring large equipment to site.

“The added benefits of building the overpass include a shared pedestrian and cyclist path on the eastern side of the bridge and a new roundabout at the intersection of Oxley Highway and View Street,” Mr Anderson said

Improving road safety and travel efficiency to a region that continues to flourish, the bridge is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

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