Bypass on the way for Warialda

Media Release

DC148/2017

02 June 2017

Joint release with:

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

John Coulton

Mayor Gwydir Shire Council

Mark Coulton

Federal Member for Parkes

Adam Marshall

NSW Member for Northern Tablelands

  • Federal and state funding flows for new bypass of congested Gwydir Highway intersection
  • Project to help ease congestion, improve safety and cut business costs by enabling access to higher productivity vehicles

A multi-million dollar investment by the Australian and New South Wales governments and Gwydir Shire will build a 3.7-kilometre bypass road in Warialda that will ease congestion, improve driver safety and boost freight productivity.

The bypass will take heavy vehicles from the north of Warialda along a new route to the east of the township, over a new bridge on Warialda Creek and onto the Gwydir Highway. A new truck wash and effluent dump point will also be constructed at the bypass, near the highway.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new road would bypass a pinch point at the intersection of Stephen Street and the Gwydir Highway.

“The Australian Government will invest almost $3 million in this project, with funds also coming from the NSW Government and Council,” Mr Chester said.

“The existing intersection is very difficult for heavy vehicles to negotiate and has been a cause for concern for some time. This project is a great example of what our Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme delivers—efficiency for the freight industry and safer roads for all motorists.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said the project would receive $3 million under the New South Wales Government's Fixing Country Roads program.

“Fixing Country Roads involves the New South Wales Government working with local councils to identify important infrastructure upgrades needed on council-owned and managed roads, in order to improve safety and freight productivity,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The first two rounds of Fixing Country Roads has so far provided $90 million in funding for 138 projects across regional New South Wales.”

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the project would allow road trains and B-Triples to access the Gwydir Highway, helping businesses cut costs through the use of larger, high-productivity vehicles.

“The works will ease congestion and provide a better connection to state-owned roads and highways for regional communities, ensuring goods get to markets faster,” Mr Coulton said.

New South Wales Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said better regional roads lead to stronger local economies, stronger employment opportunities and ultimately stronger communities.

“While Warialda is a vital link for livestock and grain producers, its tight corners are a frustrating hazard for drivers moving product around. This bypass is an effective solution and the result of extensive discussions between locals, industry and all levels of government,” Mr Marshall said.

Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton said Council had previously committed $500,000 toward the project.

“It is very pleasing to see all levels of government working together to deliver this modern, easy and environmentally friendly facility, which will also include a waste disposal point and a truck wash-down bay,” Cr Coulton said.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in late 2017 and to be completed in mid-2019.

For more information about Fixing Country Roads, including up-to-date maps showing the location and status of current projects, visit www.freight.transport.nsw.gov.au/strategy/projects/fixing-country-roads.