Flood Free Crossing on Purlewaugh Road Opens

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A new flood-free crossing over Billy Kings Creek on Purlewaugh Road will deliver more reliable journeys for heavy vehicles using the agricultural corridor between Baradine and Coonamble to silos at Premer and Werris Creek.

Acting Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Purlewaugh Road was a popular grain transportation route, but wet weather would cut access due to flooding over Billy Kings Creek.

“When the crossing flooded previously, trucks moving grain, wool, and livestock would be forced to travel an extra 90 kilometres from Purlewaugh Road to Black Stump Way and onto the Oxley Highway,” Mr Toole said.

“The new flood-free crossing, funded under the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program, will save more than 180 heavy vehicles a year from having to take that significant detour following wet weather.

“Purlewaugh Road is a key route for transporting grain from Baradine and Coonamble to the silos at Premer and Werris Creek, so it’s great we’re able to provide the industry with the confidence it needs to keep freight moving.”

Work included the construction of two concrete bridges over the Billy Kings Creek, including road works for the bridge approaches and demolition of the existing low-level causeways.

The Fixing Country Roads program is a $543 million investment in unlocking the economic potential of regional NSW by upgrading worn out bridges, upgrading and sealing local roads and building or upgrading truck washes, to facilitate the movement of freight.

“Projects like this are important with the regional freight task in NSW expected to increase by 12 percent to 286 million tonnes by 2036,” Mr Toole said.

“I’m pleased that, through our continued investment in regional NSW, we are helping to boost freight efficiency, improve access and connectivity to our state road network and ultimately contributing to the growth of local economies.”

For more information on Fixing Country Roads projects, visit
https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/operations/freight-hub.