Bridges for the Bush: Work starts next month on Gunnedah rail overpass

Friday 16 January 2015

NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson have announced works on Gunnedah’s second rail bridge would start earlier than expected next month.

Mr Grant said the early work would form part of the major redevelopment of the Gunnedah Overpass, which will help the local community travel safer and freight move more efficiently.

“The Gunnedah Overpass is one of 17 key projects in regional NSW, improving the State’s freight productivity,” Mr Grant said.

“Through our $290 million Bridges for the Bush program, the NSW Government is building and upgrading bridges to remove freight pinch points and improve the safety and reliability of old bridge structures.”

Mr Anderson said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government was ensuring the Gunnedah Overpass was delivered on time.

“While we continue to plan the design of the bridge, early work on the approaches will begin, with construction including a roundabout at the Kamilaroi Highway and Warrabungle Street intersection,” Mr Anderson said.

“The preferred option is west of the Gunnedah Maize Mill, which will connect the Oxley Highway with a new roundabout at the intersection of Conadilly and Warrabungle Streets.

“This early work, to be carried out by Gunnedah Shire Council, will support the extensive interstate road freight journeys on our roads.

“Projects like the rail bridge are making life easier for our local communities and businesses. Its delivery is yet another example of this Government’s work to provide more efficient ways of moving freight around the State and better connecting communities.”

Media: Blake Hardy 0413 378 770 (Deputy Premier)

Kevin Anderson 0418 493 867

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