Floodproofing on the Oxley Highway is set to finish by the end of the year.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the project was within budget and on track when she inspected the Hoss Causeway with Gunnedah shire mayor Jamie Chaffey and Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson on Friday.
The $5 million project is being carried out east of Carroll and aims to floodproof the highway between Gunnedah and Tamworth.
“When it rains, localised flooding of the Hoss Causeway and Tommy Swamp can result in the temporary closure of the Oxley Highway, causing lengthy delays for motorists,” Mrs Pavey said.
The schedule of works includes raising the road level and installing new drainage. Levee work has also been carried out west of Gunnembene Lane, and the road level of Gunnembene Lane is being raised.
“These works will not only reduce the frequency of highway closures due to flood events, but will also improve safety and reduce future maintenance costs,” Mr Anderson said.
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