Work on Gwydir Highway west of Grafton enters the next stage

15 November 2017

A $2.4 million package of work to improve road user safety on the Gwydir Highway near Grafton is progressing well.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said work involving road resurfacing, building wider lanes and road shoulders as well as improving drainage has been under way since mid-October.

“Work near Ramornie Station Road is about to enter the next stage and will involve controlled blasting,” the spokesperson said.

“The work will be a case of short term pain for long term gain, as the highway will need to be closed temporarily for the safety of workers and the community.

“Stakeholders including freight operators and emergency services will continue to be consulted in preparation of the closure.

“Each blast will require the highway to be closed for up to three hours. The blasts will take place on Friday 1, Sunday 3 and Wednesday 6 December, weather permitting.”

The Friday and Wednesday blasts will be carried out from 10am and 11am on Sunday.

The spokesperson said controlled blasting is the most suitable option to excavate the 2000 cubic metres of sandstone.

“When this project is complete, not only will motorists experience safer journeys, but the road will be stronger and require less maintenance work in the future,” the spokesperson said.

“Up to date information about the full closure of the Gwydir Highway will be displayed on electronic messaging signs.”

Work on the project is expected to be completed by April next year, weather permitting. Roads and Maritime thanks motorists for their ongoing patience.

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