Singleton's hole in the wall upgrade works have been finished six months ahead of schedule.
The $29 million project was jointly funded through the NSW Government and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to upgrade the rail bridge, widen the New England Highway and provide a new shared path and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen made the announcement yesterday that the Gowrie Gates project was not only finished, but completed six months ahead of schedule.
“Around 22,000 vehicles travel through Gowrie Gates every day, including more than 400 heavy vehicles,” Michael Johnsen said.
“Widening this section of the New England Highway and replacing the rail bridge has improved access for oversized heavy vehicles as well as increased safety for all road users and is part of a broader strategy to provide rail network reliability.”
ARTC Group Executive Jonathan Vandervoort said the Gowrie Gates project would improve access and travel times for over-dimension freight movements on the New England Highway.
“The project has a new minimum 5.4 metre vertical clearance at the rail bridge and will help minimise freight disruptions along the highway,” Jonathan Vandervoort said.
“It will also improve the movement of bulk coal on the Main North railway line, a vital transport link which carries one of NSW’s most valuable export commodities,"
“Upgrade work on a 260-metre section of the highway has provided two 3.5-metre lanes and wide shoulders at the underpass, to meet current road safety standards."
“We would like to thank the community for its patience and support during the delivery of this project.”
Singleton Mayor Sue Moore said its a much better looking entrance to Singleton as well.
"It's safer of course with the combined project of ARTC and RMS, I understand its completed six months ahead of schedule so that's an awesome outcome and allows the traffic to flow better in that location,"
"It's much better and safer pedestrian access through there too, it looked rather shotty before that!"
"Looking at the before and after pictures I can't believe it was like that for so long."
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