Moree town centre bypass - stage 1 - completed
The new Mehi River crossing officially opened to traffic on Monday 13 December 2010. After bridge opening traffic was switched onto the northern section of the Moree town centre bypass via the Gwydir Highway connection.
Updates and announcements
Northern section of the bypass officially named
On 18 April 2012, the northern section of the Moree town centre bypass was officially named the Lou Swan Way and the bridge over the Mehi River was named the Greg Jones Bridge. The ceremony was officiated by the Mayor of Moree Plains Shire Council Katrina Humphries and the Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay MLC.
Lou Swan was an Aboriginal Elder in the local community, devoting a lot of his time to volunteering at the Salvation Army with his wife, Thelma. Mr Swan was also involved in establishing the Kamilaroi Keeping Place at Moree Plains Gallery, where many Aboriginal artefacts are displayed. Mr Swan worked for many years for the local council.
Greg Jones was a well-known sportsman, art enthusiast, long running councillor and former Mayor of Moree Plains Shire Council. Mr Jones served in local council from 1983 to 1999. He was deputy shire president from 1989-1991, shire president from 1991-1993 and Mayor from 1993-1996. Mr Jones passed away in December 2000, aged 56.
Moree town centre bypass
The new Mehi River crossing officially opened to traffic on Monday 13 December 2010. Following the opening of the bridge, traffic was switched onto the northern section of the Moree town centre bypass via the Gwydir Highway connection.
The Newell Highway bypass of the Moree town centre is expected to remove 1600 heavy vehicles a day from the town's centre and improve safety and access.
The Newell Highway Moree town centre bypass is expected to remove 1600 heavy vehicles a day from the town’s centre. It should also improve safety and access through:
- Removal of heavy vehicle through-traffic from the town centre
- Improvement in motorist and pedestrian safety
- Better town centre traffic flow
- Improved town centre amenity for shoppers, residents and workers
- Reduction of heavy vehicle noise
- An alternative Mehi River crossing.
- Upgraded Bullus Drive/Newell Highway intersection
- A new route through east Moree between Gosport Street and the railway line, with Gosport Street remaining a service road
- A new road bridge over the Mehi River
- New road and major culverts east of the racecourse and new intersection at the northern end of the works
- Provision for pedestrians
- Entry statements at the north, south and Gwydir Highway town entry points.