June 5, 2020
Roads projects are powering ahead in the Gunnedah Shire, despite the challenges of COVID-19.
Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey said Gunnedah was continuing to make inroads into providing a significantly improved road network for the post Corona-virus period and well beyond.
“While this time has presented challenges, Gunnedah Shire has managed to not only ensure major projects are on track, but to keep the pedal to the metal on providing a road network that will cater for all road users for many years to come,” Cr Chaffey said.
“This planning, design and construction work is retaining jobs in our shire, but it is also greatly improving safety, and is paving the way for more residents, more business, more industry and more jobs in the future.
“Some of the work that is going ahead is on freight routes that will increase opportunities for productivity and could attract new business.
“We are also at work on projects such as Clifton Road. Residents have been advocating for an upgrade for more than 10 years. The NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads contribution of $8.56 million to this project worth almost $10 million will help deliver an upgrade that will be life-changing for those residents.
“We are actively working with the state and federal governments for funding for roads where the need is greatest.
“I’ve have been in regular communication with Kevin Anderson, our local State Member to make good the NSW government’s promise for an upgrade to Rangari Road, and I have recently written to the NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads about this important freight route and community link.
“Gunnedah Shire will continue to deliver on roads projects, and will continually monitor traffic movements and safety concerns to ensure we are seeking assistance from all tiers of government where it is needed.”
Progress on other roads projects within Gunnedah Shire includes:
• Grain Valley Road – an additional 5.6 km of road has been sealed, taking the total sealed to 7.6km. The remaining 3km at the Mullaley end is expected to be sealed within the next five weeks, and work will begin on the remaining 7km at the Boggabri end.
• Boundary Road roundabout – the final base layer of concrete has been completed. Kerb islands and stormwater works are now being installed. The kerb will be constructed over the next few weeks.
• Highway works around Mystery Road – The first segment is now ready for sealing.
• Mystery Road – a draft plan is being reviewed by all stakeholders.
• Kamilaroi Highway near saleyards - under construction, with reshaping, stabilising and pavement strengthening underway.
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