Gunnedah residents will see work beginning this month on the new $62 million road-over-rail bridge, ahead of schedule.

Parliamentary Secretary and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey visited the site today to announce early works are set to start on the Gunnedah overpass.

“I have been working hard on this project with Gunnedah Shire Council since the allocation of $600,000 in the 2012 NSW Budget and as each landmark is achieved, the excitement builds.

“Now we will see work involving clearing the site, installing boundary fencing, installing access tracks and transferring large equipment to site.

“The added benefits of building the overpass include a shared pedestrian and cyclist path on the eastern side of the bridge and a new roundabout at the intersection of Oxley Highway and View Street.

“Daracon Group has been contracted by Roads and Maritime Services to deliver this project and the early work includes the removal of buildings at 2 and 4 Barber Street and installing site offices and the work compound.

“Work will be carried out from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Work will be suspended during the Christmas closedown period, between 24 December 2018 and 6 January 2019.

“This project is about improving road safety and travel efficiency to a region that continues to flourish, the bridge is expected to be completed by mid-2021,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Minister Pavey said the $62 million project is funded by the Bridges for the Bush program.

This is a significant project that will reduce congestion on local roads, providing safer traffic solutions for now and well into the future as the region continues to grow,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Work was expected to begin in January 2019, so it’s fantastic to see work is commencing ahead of schedule.”

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