WORK STARTS ON $11.54M SEALING OF IB BORE ROAD AT NORTH STAR

WORK STARTS ON $11.54M SEALING OF IB BORE ROAD AT NORTH STAR

Inspecting the IB Bore Road yesterday, which is about to undergo an $11.54 million rebuild and bitumen seal, Gwydir Shire Council Works Engineer Jamie Wilson, left, General Manager Max Eastcott, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Regional Roads and Transport Minister Sam Farraway and Mayor John Coulton.

 

Thursday, 14 April 2022

 

WORK to completely rebuild and bitumen seal the IB Bore Road near North Star has officially commenced, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall yesterday joined by Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway and Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton to inspect and drive the critical northern freight route.

 

Mr Marshall said IB Bore Road was a key transport route for thousands of tonnes of agricultural produce onto the Newell Highway.

 

“For broadacre farmers in the north of the golden triangle, IB Bore road is vital for getting product from paddock to market quickly and efficiently,” Mr Marshall said.

 

“Work is now underway to rebuild and bitumen seal a 20 kilometre section of the road, between North Star and the Newell Highway, to a standard suitable for heavy vehicles.

 

“Anyone who has travelled this road in its current state knows how rough it is on vehicles and passengers.

 

“This work will address significant corrugation which has existed for many years and improve the roads durability during wet weather.

 

“The incredible amount of rain over the past twelve months has significantly delayed the project, however Gwydir Shire Council has now completed drainage works and anticipates earthworks will commence in July, with the first section of bitumen sealing set to start in September.

 

“With the re-sheeting of Getta Getta Road east of North Star funded and scheduled for later this year, growers are set reap the financial benefits of a high-quality heavy vehicle freight connection feeding to Moree and Goondiwindi.”

 

Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton said the upgrade to IB Bore Road was a welcome improvement for residents who travel this road daily.

 

“Locals have had to endure substandard road conditions for many years, this development will make their everyday commute much more pleasant,” Cr Coulton said.

 

The significant project has been jointly-funded by $9.54 million from the State Government’s Fixing Local Roads program and a further $2 million from the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

 

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