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$3m Warialda bypass to improve road train access

The Australian and NSW Governments have announced a $3 million investment to build a new bypass in Warialda that will allow road trains and B-triples to access the Gwydir Highway.

The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) has welcomed the announcement, which will also see a new truck wash and effluent disposal site constructed.

According to Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, the 3.7 km bypass will ease congestion, improve driver safety and boost freight productivity in the region.

The 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.

“The existing intersection is very difficult for heavy vehicles to negotiate and has been a cause for concern for some time. This project is a great example of what our Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program delivers—efficiency for the freight industry and safer roads for all motorists.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said the project is funded under the New South Wales Government's Fixing Country Roads program.

“Fixing Country Roads involves the New South Wales Government working with local councils to identify important infrastructure upgrades needed on council-owned and managed roads, in order to improve safety and freight productivity,” Pavey said.

New South Wales Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, said better regional roads lead to stronger local economies, stronger employment opportunities and ultimately stronger communities.

“While Warialda is a vital link for livestock and grain producers, its tight corners are a frustrating hazard for drivers moving product around. This bypass is an effective solution and the result of extensive discussions between locals, industry and all levels of government,” Marshall said.

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