Take two: Merriwa Willow Tree Road another $7 million

Filed in Just In by November 9, 2020

TODAY Council confirmed a specialist will be brought in to design the $7 million reconstruction of Merriwa to Willow Tree Road, to bring it to B-double capacity.

Various state officials have formed a Project Control Group to manage the reconstruction process and have agreed on a Charter which outlines key staff members and their responsibilities.

The group includes staff from Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), Public Works Advisory, Infrastructure New South Wales (INSW) and Council.

Designs are expected to be finalised and advertised for tender by mid 2021 and will include a two lane road with a minimum nine-metre formation and eight-metre seal, with guardrails and drainage structures.

Once tender has been awarded, reconstruction works will take two years.

The Australian Government has provided a further $2 million from the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and Council has a loan facility of up to $5 million to pay for the road to be re-done.

The five-tonne load limit is still in place and Council has installed surveillance devices on the road to catch vehicles disobeying the road limit.

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