Route up­grade to help agri­cul­tural trans­port

Central and North Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

GUNNEDAH Shire’s Grain Val­ley Way will ben­e­fit from a $3.85 mil­lion part-project in­vest­ment from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Na­tion­als Leader Michael McCor­mack said the fund­ing means the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment will work with its state and lo­cal part­ners to bring the fi­nal 17km sec­tions of the North­ern NSW road up to scratch.

“The po­ten­tial ben­e­fits for freight op­er­a­tors and in­dus­try are enor­mous, with the project set to slash the freight travel dis­tance for the dis­trict’s grain grow­ers by up to 50km per round trip,” he said.

The up­grade will strengthen and seal the re­main­ing un­sealed sec­tions of Grain Val­ley Road be­tween Mul­la­ley and Bog­gabri and im­prove heavy ve­hi­cle ac­cess by ac­com­mo­dat­ing higher mass limit B-dou­ble freight ve­hi­cles through ap­ply­ing bi­tu­men seal to the un­sealed sec­tions of the road to im­prove skid re­sis­tance, over­all align­ment, ge­om­e­try and vis­i­bil­ity of the road due to dust re­duc­tion.

Grain Val­ley Way is part of a daily school bus route, as well as be­ing used to trans­port freight such as grain, cot­ton and live­stock. The up­grade is ex­pected to im­prove re­gional econ­omy pro­duc­tiv­ity and boost road safety.

WAY AHEAD: A road up­grade in Gunnedah Shire will im­prove ac­cess for B-dou­bles PHOTO: FILE

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