Gunnedah - second road over rail bridge

Roads and Maritime Services is developing the design for a second road over rail bridge in Gunnedah to improve local traffic efficiency and road safety.

Gunnedah, showing the railway line and current level crossing at bottom right. Silos and industrial building are in the foreground.

Updates and announcements

A new roundabout at the intersection of Warrabungle and Conadilly streets was completed and opened to traffic in December 2015.

Gunnedah Shire Council delivered the roundabout, which is early work for the second road over rail project, on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services.

The new roundabout will ensure efficient traffic flow across the new bridge, which is in the detailed design phase.

Review of environmental factors

To assess the potential environmental and social impacts of the proposed second road over rail bridge, Roads and Maritime Services prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and placed it on display for public comment for a three week period in June 2015.

The feedback received has been collated and responded to in the Submissions Report, July 2015.

Roads and Maritime individually examined the 21 submissions received to understand and respond to the issues raised in relation to the REF and the proposal. The main issues related to: 

  • Design of proposal
  • Property acquisition
  • Vehicle and pedestrian access across New Street level crossing
  • Construction activities
  • Traffic impacts. 

After considering the issues, no changes have been made to the REF or proposal.

Roads and Maritime would like to thank everyone who reviewed the REF and provided feedback.

Further details about the next steps for the project are outlined in the August 2015 community update.

Project background

The second road over rail bridge will provide an unrestricted Higher Mass Limit (HML) freight route through Gunnedah and improve local traffic efficiency and road safety. The new route replaces the existing New Street level crossing which will be permanently closed as part of this project.

This project is funded under the NSW Government’s Bridges for the Bush program designed to improve road freight productivity by replacing or upgrading bridges across regional NSW.

A range of technical, environmental and social investigations and concept designs were undertaken to develop and assess the options for a second road over rail bridge.

The new bridge will be built west of the Gunnedah Maize Mill to link the Oxley Highway with Warrabungle Street. In addition to building a new bridge, the project includes: 

  • Upgrade of the Oxley Highway roundabout
  • New roundabout at the intersection of Warrabungle and Conadilly streets (completed in December 2015)
  • New intersection of Warrabungle and Barber streets
  • Shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.

Read more about this project.

Next steps

After considering the REF and submissions received Roads and Maritime has determined that the project will go ahead as proposed.

Detailed design is underway. Once this phase is complete, Roads and Maritime will invite tenders for construction of the project.

Roads and Maritime will continue to inform the community and stakeholders as the project progresses.

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