Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall on part of the six kilometre section of the Carnarvon Highway to be reconstructed later this year at a cost of $2.7 million.
Monday, 18 July 2016
ONE of the more notorious stretches of freight road in the State’s north, the section of Carnarvon Highway just north of Moree, will soon receive a $2.7 million upgrade, courtesy of the NSW Government.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall recently inspected the section of road, between the Gwydir River and Carole Creek, which has frustrated heavy transport operators over the last 12 months.
“The road is very narrow with crumbling edges and with the large volume of heavy vehicle traffic, it’s becoming quite dangerous for all road users,” Mr Marshall said.
“This road is a major transport artery between Moree and the towns of Mungindi, Garah and Ashley, but this section has fallen into poor condition.
“I’ve driven it multiple times heading out to Mungindi and agree that it can be quite nerve-wracking watching tow truck trying to pass.
“I’ve also met with a number of truck operators and local farmers complaining about this section of road so I’m delighted this section will soon be upgraded.
“At the time, I requested NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) look at the road’s condition and investigate plans for its improvement.
“I was very happy to see that work pay off in the recent State Budget, with an allocation of funds to undertake the work.”
Mr Marshall said the $2.7 million would be spent widening and reconstructing the Carnarvon Highway over the six kilometre length between the Gwydir River and Carole Creek, from 5-11 kilometres north of Moree.
The work will be undertaken by Moree Plains Shire Council on behalf of Road and Maritime Services (RMS) under the Road Maintenance Council Contract (RMCC).
Work is scheduled to start on the project in late September this year and finish in March or April 2017.
There will be some traffic delays while the work is being undertaken and details will be advised closer to the start of work.