The Federal Government has announced a $3.85 million injection for Gunnedah Shire’s Grain Valley Way in an attempt to boost safety and productivity in the region.
Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals' Leader Michael McCormack said the announcement means the Australian Government will work with its state and local partners to bring the final 17-kilometre sections of the road up to scratch.
“It will also improve heavy vehicle access by accommodating Higher Mass Limit B-double freight vehicles through applying bitumen seal to the unsealed sections of the road to improve skid resistance, overall alignment, geometry and visibility of the road due to dust reduction.
“The potential benefits for freight operators and industry are enormous, with the project set to slash the freight travel distance for the district's grain growers by up to 50 kilometres per round trip.”
The Australian Government has committed up to $3.85 million to the project under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP), towards the estimated $8.2 million total project cost.