A major road between Mullaley and Boggabri will now be dust free after it is completely upgraded thanks to a $3.85 million contribution from the NSW Fixing Country Roads program, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said today.

Mr Anderson was joined by Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey to make the announcement.

“Grain Valley Way will now be widened and sealed along 18 kilometres including bridgeworks which will provide better all-weather access for larger heavy vehicles.

“This upgrade will provide a safer, more efficient route between Mullaley and Boggabri for those families who use the road to get their children to school, produce to market or just to do their day-to-day business.

“The $8.2m project was delivered with matching funding from the State and Federal Governments with a contribution from Gunnedah Shire council.  I want to thank the Member for Parkes and Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Mark Coultan for his support and Gunnedah Shire Council for their contribution.

“I am always thinking about how we can build a better region for those generations to come and this upgrade will ensure freight vehicles, family cars or school buses get to where they need to be,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Minister Pavey said projects like the Grain Valley Way project improve connectivity between regional centres, state roads and freight facilities, reducing travel times, saving maintenance costs, improve safety, and bring freight costs down.

“Freight is worth more than $60 billion to the NSW economy. It’s vital that our roads are able to support efficient freight movements that power, feed and provide for the State,” Minister Pavey said.

Mr Coulton said the upgrade will improve the inter-regional transport link between the Central West and North West of the state.

“Together we have put our case and I am delighted that the Government which I am part of has delivered for the Gunnedah Shire,” he said.

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