Route upgrade to help agricultural transport
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