Moree Plains Shire Council’s Project & Development Manager Lila Fisher, left, former councillor Theo Tzannes, Road Safety Officer Renee McMillan and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall inspect the old Mosquito Creek road at Pallamallawa before works began.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
EXTENSIVE works to fix problems with the Mosquito Creek Road intersection at Pallamallawa are almost complete, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said today.
Mr Marshall said the $152,304 project to widen the intersection and modify nearby infrastructure was entering the final stages.
“By widening this intersection, producers will be able to take the most cost effective route from Croppa Creek and Pallamallawa, providing an important link to the Gwydir and Newell highways,” Mr Marshall said.
“These works, funded through the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program, have allowed for a substantial widening of two intersections, as well as relocation of several troublesome culverts and power poles.
“Before construction, this intersection was too narrow to accommodate the large, sweeping turning circle of our region’s larger trucks – forcing them to take a much longer route, or make an illegal turn.
“Upon the completion of these works in September, AB-Triple trucks will officially be able to access the route. This will cut costs for our primary producers and improving the productivity of our agricultural and freight industries across the region.”
Mosquito Creek Road (Shire Road 105) runs through Pallamallawa, 30 kilometres east of Moree in north-western NSW.
Works on Mosquito Creek Road included:
• widening two of its T-intersections
• sealing of a 90-degree bend on the north-eastern entrance into Pallamallawa
• replacement, widening, and headwall works on two culverts on nearby Parramellowa Street
• relocation of power poles to allow for additional width of road.
Mr Marshall said the intersection upgrade was one of 139 roads and bridges to have received funding through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program to date.
“In last year’s funding, the Northern Tablelands saw $1.26 million to replace outdated infrastructure like the Mihi and Tenterden bridges, inspect old bridges and improve freight links,” he said.
“Each project will make it easier to move goods around the region, reducing the maintenance burden and fuel costs on freight operators and reducing overheads for primary producers.”
The Mosquito Creek Road intersection widening received a further $15,000 in funding from Moree Plains Shire Council, and $5,000 in industry co-funding contributions.
The Fixing Country Roads program funds vital road and bridge upgrades to better connect local and regional roads to state highways and key freight hubs. The NSW Government has reserved $500 million for this program over multiple funding rounds.