Work is powering ahead on the Gobarralong-Adjungbilly Road with the project well ahead of the scheduled June 2020 completion date.
Work commenced on the $2.1 million project in October 2018.
A total of 72,000 cubic metres of material will be excavated to upgrade the road at Adjungbilly Hill to allow for better access for B-Doubles and long vehicles. 21,000 cubic metres will be used for fill in the project and the balance will be stockpiled for future use by Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council projects. All the pavement material (gravel) approximately 7,200 cubic metres, will be sourced from the excavation site.
The length of the new road is 2,600 metres and width has been widened to 7.2 metres, two standard lanes.
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council consultant engineer and project manager Bill Moore said he was pleased with the progress.
“This project has been powering ahead,” Mr Moore said.
“Our revised completion date, with all going well, will be the end September, 2019.”
Mayor Abb McAlister was supportive of Mr Moore’s comments, adding his appreciation to the work crews and patience of the users of the road.
“We know that some inconvenience has been experienced by landowners and users of the Gobarralong-Adjungbilly Road, and we apologise for this, however the teams working on this project have it well ahead of the scheduled completion date and we are grateful for that,” Cr McAlister said.
The project focuses on the winding, narrow and steep curves of the Adjungbilly Hill section addressing the difficulty long vehicles including school buses have negotiating this section.
The project will also deliver benefits to the quarry and pine timber industries allowing both industries the opportunity to expand and utilise their carrying capacity with direct access to the Hume Highway.