New Gunnedah bridge

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

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

Updates and announcements

Piling works on the new bridge were completed in May. The next stage of work onsite will be the construction of piers and abutments, which are due to start in June, weather permitting.

Manufacture of the bridge girders will start shortly in Newcastle and these will be transported to site from September this year.

Traffic changes on Warrabungle Street

Warrabungle Street between Little Barber and New Streets is temporary closed for the relocation of major services near the location of the new bridge. The closure is necessary for the safety of motorists and workers.

Work started in January 2019 and is expected to take up to 12 months to complete, weather permitting.Further information, including the detour map can be found in the notification (PDF, 594Kb)

Project snapshot

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

Project background

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.

Read more about this project.

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