Gunnedah's Bloomfield Street Upgrade Fit for Freight
The Gunnedah heavy vehicle bypass project is now complete with a 1.8-kilometre stretch of Bloomfield Street upgraded to support B-doubles and other higher mass limit vehicles.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government had provided $2 million to the project under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).
"This program invests in these types of projects across Australia because they support our truckies and the many businesses that rely on them by improving the safety and productivity of key freight routes,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
"This is part of our $110 billion nationwide infrastructure investment program, which we continue to roll out to lay the foundations for economic recovery following the pandemic.”
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the $4 million project to strengthen the road, upgrade the Boundary Road intersection and improve line markings would not only deliver safer, more efficient journeys for the freight industry, but also take trucks out of the centre of town.
"The upgraded Bloomfield Street is a vital link in the strategic freight plan for the region,” Mr Toole said.
"Providing road freight with a clear route around town is a big win for the community and the agricultural, resources and manufacturing sectors that power the economy.
"Projects like this that improve freight efficiency, productivity and safety outcomes have never been more important with the regional freight task in NSW growing so fast.”
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the project was a great example of all three tiers of government working together to deliver for the local community.
"Back in 2018, the Boundary Road and Oxley Highway intersection was identified as needing an upgrade to improve safety and traffic flow,” Mr Coulton said.
"I'm so glad that this upgrade has now hit the finish line, because I know how important it is to the local community. I commend Gunnedah Shire Council on its vision to facilitate safer, more productive journeys for our truck-drivers and other road users.”
State Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the project had created 10 jobs since construction started in 2018.
"So many locals have told me they just want to see this heavy vehicle bypass built and now that we’ve crossed the finish line, it’s going to be a game changer for how people travel around and through Gunnedah,” Mr Anderson said.
"Funded under the NSW Government’s $543 million Fixing Country Roads program, the project is helping to unlock the economic potential of regional NSW through road repair and strengthening, sealing unsealed roads and road widening in towns like Gunnedah.”
Gunnedah Shire Council Director of Infrastructure Services Jeremy Bartlett said the completed project would deliver positive outcomes for multiple stakeholders immediately.
"Completion of the Bloomfield Street project has resulted in significant gains for not only our community, but anyone who uses the State road network,” Mr Bartlett said.
The project was jointly funded with the Federal Government committing $2 million, the NSW Government $1.5 million, and Gunnedah Shire Council the remaining $500,000.
For more information on Fixing Country Roads projects, visit https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/operations/freight-hub.
More information on the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program is available at https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx.