Have a say on the realignment of the Newell Highway at Grong Grong

2 October 2014

Member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli said the community is invited to have a say to final designs for the realignment of the Newell Highway at Grong Grong and learn more about the project at two drop in sessions and an information night scheduled on 15 and 16 October.

Mr Piccoli said the Newell Highway is an important road link for freight between Queensland and Victoria and between regional centres in western NSW with about 600 heavy vehicles, or 32 per cent of all traffic, travel ling the Newell Highway through Grong Grong daily.

“The NSW Government has provided $500,000 this financial year to progress planning for the major upgrade and a further $12 million to realign the Newell Highway west of Grong Grong to improve road safety and freight efficiency.

“The project involves building a new 2.4 kilometre road with a 110 km/h speed limit to the west of Grong Grong. The highway will remain two-lane, with turning lanes at intersections to provide access into Grong Grong.

“Roads and Maritime Services has developed two options informed by feedback from the community and investigations about access into Grong Grong during consultation in 2011, with a north and west or a central access proposed.

“These options would have turning lanes for traffic wanting to come off the highway into Grong Grong, providing easy access into town. The north access provides a new connection to Angle Road.

“More feedback from the community is now needed on these proposed options to help finalise the concept design and allow the environmental assessment to be completed.”

Mr Piccoli said the project aims to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists and encourage motorists to stop and rest in town.

“The project aims to improve traffic speed consistency, reduce crash risk between local and through traffic and improve safety for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists,” Mr Piccoli said. “With heavy vehicle traffic through Grong Grong predicted to increase by 77 per cent to 1060 trucks per day by 2031, longer heavy vehicles such as road trains would have improved access and traffic noise would be reduced in Grong Grong.

”Improving speed limit consistency also aims to reduce the incidence of rollovers.”

Community members are invited to drop into the Grong Grong Hall on Wednesday 15 October from 11am to 6pm, and Thursday 16 October from 8am to 3pm.

A community information night will be held on Wednesday 15 October from 7pm to 9pm.

Media Contact: Murrumbidgee Electorate Office 6962 6644

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