$8.1M Warialda freight bypass opens

New South Wales Governor, Margaret Beazley, opened a new $8.1 million heavy vehicle freight bypass in Warialda this week.

The 4.1km road was opened in an effort to increase safety and productivity for heavy vehicle drivers in Warialda.

Beazley was joined in ‘cutting the ribbon’ by Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, State Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, and Gwydir Shire Council Mayor, John Coulton.

Mark Coulton said it is exciting to see the bypass finally operational after a long wait.

“After years in the making, it’s wonderful to see this bypass operational and facilitating safer, more productive journeys for our truck drivers and other road users,” he said.

“These upgrades will mean local producers can use larger vehicles like road trains and B-triples, cutting transport costs and increasing overall productivity, while improving safety outcomes.”

Marshall said the safer and more direct road will provide high productivity for freight vehicles, replacing the previous inadequate route.

“The freight pinch-point which existed was a nightmare for B-doubles to negotiate without crossing the centreline and oncoming traffic, while road trains couldn’t get around it at all,” he said.

“Now a 4.1km bypass will take heavy vehicles from the north of Warialda along a new route to the east of the township, over a new bridge on Warialda Creek and onto the Gwydir Highway – smoother, simpler and most importantly more efficient.”

The bypass’ construction has been made possible by the $3,498,350 in funding from the Australian Government through their Bridges Renewal Program, $3,043,200 million from the NSW Government under the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, as well as $5,000 from the Livestock Bulk and Rural Carriers Association, with Gwydir Shire Council providing the remaining funds.