Warialda bypass garners support

MOVING FORWARD: Briefing Roads Minister Duncan Gay, second from left, on the heavy-vehicle bypass plan are, from left, Gwydir council’s assets and design manager Alex Eddy, mayor John Coulton, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, general manager Max Eastcott, Cr Kerry McDonald and Parkes MP Mark Coulton.A PROPOSAL to construct a heavy-vehicle bypass at Warialda has been presented to the NSW roads minister by Gwydir Shire Council.
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The council put its case to minister Duncan Gay last Friday for the $6 million project.

The proposed bypass would resolve the road freight pinch-point at the intersection of Stephen St in Warialda and the Gwydir Highway.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall was at the meeting and said the current road arrangement was so bad, B-doubles couldn’t negotiate the intersection without crossing the centreline of both roads, while road trains couldn’t negotiate it at all.

“It’s a very dangerous intersection for all road users, and council and the community is very worried about the likelihood of a serious accident, not to mention the inconvenience and inefficiency of this route, which is technically not rated for B-double access,” he said.

The 3.6 km bypass would 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 highway.

It would also reduce thetravel time for A-double andB-triple road trains travelling from the north of Gwydir Shire, with the only legal access for these vehicles currently via Moree.

Mr Marshall said the minister was impressed by the project and appreciated the council’s and community’s concerns.

“This is a wonderful project which will be a huge win-win for producers and the freight industry but also residents of Warialda who won’t see the heavy vehicles rattling through town anymore,” he said.

Council has applied for joint funding from the state government’s Fixing Country Roads Program and the Commonwealth’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

Council would contribute $500,000 and industry is also making a financial contribution.

It’s one of 122 projects from across the state to be shortlisted for $50 million worth of funding in round 2 of the Fixing Country Roads program.

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