About this project
The objectives of the project are to:
- provide a grade-separated crossing to facilitate a HML route through Gunnedah
- improve local traffic efficiency
- improve road safety
- improve road transport productivity, efficiency and reliability of travel
- minimise the impact on the natural, cultural and built environment
- provide value for money.
What has happened during concept development?
Roads and Maritime Services engaged consultant Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) to develop concept options, including preparing the REF and stakeholder and community consultation.
The study area for a second road over rail bridge in Gunnedah was announced in December 2012. The study area extended from the Oxley Highway/New Street roundabout to the Kamilaroi Highway/Warrabungle Street intersection and included adjoining streets in Gunnedah.
The map of the study area remains available to view or download.
In December 2012, two community drop in-sessions were held in Gunnedah to identify local priorities and issues. The feedback provided was compiled into a summary report.
The Early Feedback Summary Report, December 2012 remains available to view or download.
The feedback gathered in the December sessions was combined with information from technical studies to guide the development of preliminary concept options for the bridge.
The Preliminary Concept Options Report, May 2013 explains this process and remains available to view or download.
In May 2013, Roads and Maritime displayed three options — A, B and C — for community comment. During this time, Gunnedah Shire Council, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), and Transport for New South Wales were also consulted. Feedback gave further insight into stakeholder views on the advantages and disadvantages of the options. The feedback provided was compiled into a community submissions report.
The Community Submissions Report, July 2013 remains available to view or download.
After considering this community feedback and the findings of further technical studies, Roads and Maritime identified a refinement of Option C as the recommended option.
The Recommended Option Report, August, 2014 explains this process and remains available to view or download.
Option C (Refined) was displayed for community comment in August 2014. The feedback provided was compiled into a community submissions report.
The Community Submissions Report, November 2014 remains available to view or download.
The feedback provided was used to guide Road and Maritime’s decision about the preferred option, which was then confirmed in November 2014.
The Preferred Option Report, November 2014 remains available to view or download.
After confirming the preferred option, Roads and Maritime progressed the concept design, undertook further technical and environmental investigations, and prepared a REF for the proposed second road over rail bridge.
In October 2014, relevant government organisations were informed via email that the REF was being prepared. The organisations included: Gunnedah Shire Council, ARTC, Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and Office of Water. At this time, the organisations were invited to comment and advise of any interests, concerns or statutory requirements relating to the proposal. Comments received were considered in the REF (Section 5.5).
The Review of Environmental Factors, June 2015 remains available to view or download.
In June 2015, the community was invited to provide feedback on the published REF. The feedback received was collated in a submissions report.
The Submissions Report, July 2015 remains available to view or download.
After considering the issues, no changes have been made to the REF or proposal. Roads and Maritime determined that the project will go ahead as proposed.
What happens next
Tenders are now invited to build the second road over rail bridge.