Project Update - March 2022

The Purlewaugh Road project will see the upgrade and widening of a 10km section of Purlewaugh Road and will increase the width of road pavement by around 25% which will improve road safety for all users, increase reliability of the road and improve accessibility for trucks.  

Works on the first two curves were completed by Council staff in February 2022.  

The Australian Government, through the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) Program, is contributing $2.4m towards the project and the NSW Government is contributing $0.8m under the Regional Roads Repair and Improvement Program. The ROSI Program is all about freight routes and ensuring they provide efficient connection to ports, airports and important transport hubs.

Purlewaugh Road is an important east west freight route, connecting the Newell Highway to the Hunter Valley. The road is accessible by B Double Trucks, however higher productivity vehicles such as Road Trains and AB Triples can access the road under permit conditions.

On 17 February 2022, Council awarded the contract for roadworks on Purlewaugh Road between 8km to 24km east from Coonabarabran to Aitken Civil Engineering Pty Ltd for a price of $2,128,698.68 (Ex GST).
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