Above: Narrabri Shire Council’s biggest-ever road building project is well underway – from left, the council team working Roads Services manager Luke McDermott, left, and the council team building the new Wee Waa-Narrabri road -Lindsay Keynes, Dru Dickinson, Robert Bruce, Scott Dewar, Brendan Wilkins, Russell Wood, Ben Noble and Ricky Haynes.
By the end of the year – if there are no weather delays – the newly sealed Culgoora Road linking Narrabri and Wee Waa will be carrying traffic.
The $5.8 million upgrade of the route, Narrabri Shire council’s biggest ever road project, is being undertaken ‘in house’ by council workers right through from design to construction.
The sealing of the 14 kilometre road is already advanced, with the council crew building and bitumen sealing the route at about two kilometres every six weeks.
The upgrade work will bitumen the route to the Culgoora Road-CSIRO Road corner.
The council is looking forward to receiving funding to then upgrade the existing tar sealed section into Narrabri West.
The work on that section would include reconfiguring the Culgoora road ‘T’ intersection into a sweeping bend and widening the road into Narrabri West by two metres.
The new sealed road will provide an all weather conduit for what is expected to be a growing volume of heavy vehicles carrying freight from the west and northwest into receival businesses at Narrabri West and the proposed industrial and logistics hub west of Narrabri.
“The new road will vastly improve the regional freight network in the north-west, opening the road to heavy vehicles up to AB-Triples” former Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said at the announcement of the planned project last year.