Aerial view of new Gunnedah Bridge

New Gunnedah bridge

The NSW Government is delivering the new bridge in Gunnedah to improve road safety and freight connectivity.

Latest news

NOV 2019

NOV 2019Upcoming activities

Over the next three months the project team will:

  • Continue to build the bridge foundation, including installing headstocks
  • Start to install bridge girders
  • Continue work at New and Warrabungle streets
  • Construct the first stage of the Oxley Highway roundabout.

View the project update (PDF, 274Kb) for more information.

Business Focus Group formed

A Business Focus group has been established as part of the new Gunnedah bridge project to provide information about progress and address issues that arise during construction.

The purpose of the Business Focus Group is to represent the interest of the local businesses including how to best communicate and engage with businesses to highlight issues and opportunities that may arise during construction.

While the focus group is not a decision making body, it operates as an interactive working group and provides feedback on various project related matters.

Businesses located in the Barber Street precinct, neighboring the construction area were invited to join the focus group, including those directly impacted by the temporary closure of New Street.

New Street closure

New Street will be closed (between the intersection of the Oxley Highway and the railway crossing) from Monday 9 September.

The closure will allow work to continue on the project, including installing drainage culverts, building the new Oxley Highway roundabout and utility relocation.

New Street between the railway crossing and the south end of Warrabungle Street remains open during the work, allowing access between Railway Avenue and Barber Street. Local businesses around the work area are still operating as normal and can be accessed via a short detour.

Additional signage is in place to help motorists find their way along the detour route while encouraging patronage and access to the business precinct.

The closure will be in place for up to six months, weather permitting and is required to ensure the safety of workers and motorists.

More information, including detour maps can be found in the September 2019 project notification (PDF, 253Kb).

Project information

  • Contractor: Daracon
  • Project cost: $61 million
  • Completion date: Mid 2021.

The new 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 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.

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.

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.

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 (PDF, 247Kb) 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 December 2012 Early Feedback Summary Report (PDF, 68.3Kb) 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 May 2013 Preliminary Concept Options Report (PDF, 68.3Kb) 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 July 2013 Community Submissions Report (PDF, 6.36Mb) 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 August 2014 Recommended Option Report (PDF, 19.2Mb) 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 November 2014 Community Submissions Report (PDF, 3.98Mb) 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 November 2014 Preferred Option Report (PDF, 5.49Mb) 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 June 2015 Review of Environmental Factors (PDF, 9.32Mb) 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 July 2015 submissions report (PDF, 1.65Mb) 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.

Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 029 585 (toll free)


Mail: PO Box 546 Grafton, NSW 2460.

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