Oxley Highway and Boundary Road roundabout
The NSW Government is funding plans to build a roundabout at the intersection of Boundary Road and the Oxley Highway to improve safety for road users.
The need to upgrade the Boundary Road and Oxley Highway intersection in Gunnedah was identified as a key project in the Oxley Highway Corridor Strategy, which has been developed by Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services to manage and guide the development of the road corridor to improve safety, traffic efficiency and sustainability.
Roads and Maritime has been working with Gunnedah Shire Council to develop plans for the intersection upgrade, including consultation with nearby residents.
The aim of the upgrade is to:
- improve safety at the Boundary Road intersection
- improve amenity for residents living in Boundary Road
- complement the current use of Bloomfield Street as a heavy vehicle bypass of the Gunnedah CBD
- complement council’s land use strategy.
Need for the project
Bloomfield Street is an alternative heavy vehicle route and is classified as a Regional Road under the control of Gunnedah Shire Council. It is also a designated B-double route to the Kamilaroi Highway. Accordingly, the new roundabout will feature heavy vehicle turning paths, which will improve the efficiency of heavy vehicle movements and increase safety at the roundabout.
Gunnedah Shire Council has started a program of work to improve the road pavement on Bloomfield Street to better accommodate heavy vehicles.
The new roundabout will also compliment Roads and Maritime’s second road over rail bridge, which will form a vital link in council’s plans for Bloomfield Street.
Traffic changes during construction
While the roundabout will be built offline to minimise impacts to traffic, some road closures at the intersection will be required during construction to ensure the safety of workers and road users and to get the project built quicker. All detours will be signposted.
We have engaged Gunnedah Shire Council to carry out detailed design for the roundabout.
Early work will be start later this year, with major work expected to start in 2018.
We will keep the community updated as the project progresses.