Rangari Road is still yet to be sealed, much to road users' dismay.
Locals have posted countless photos and posts about the dangerous state of the road in the Facebook group 'Fix our Rangari Road' in an attempt to garner the attention of the state government to start the sealing.
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson announced about $9 million to seal the road in the state election in June 2019, but no start has been made.
"The policy framework, guiding principles and process for the transfer [from local government control to state control] and review are currently being developed," Mr Anderson said.
"The government will consult with councils following the establishment of the independent panel that will determine the number and timing of roads to be transferred and reclassified. Any road can be nominated for reclassification."
Mr Anderson said Roads and Maritime Services had been working with the Namoi Joint Organisation of Councils (JOC) after the road was identified under the Namoi Region Network Strategy.
This means the road requires reconstruction and bitumen sealing at an estimated cost of $2 million for the Tamworth Regional Council section and $8.75 million for the Gunnedah Shire Council section.
"Roads and Maritime has been working with Namoi JOC to consider suitable funding pathways for this project," Mr Anderson said.
"The road, as it stands, is currently maintained by respective councils until the legislation is ratified and the handover is negotiated.
"It is important the other council continues to carry out maintenance until the handover is completed."
Gunnedah Shire Council director infrastructure services Jeremy Bartlett said until the sealing began, the council would "continue to maintain Rangari Road as it has done historically, ensuring the road remains as safe as possible".
"Council staff regularly inspect roads within the overall network for defects, and schedule appropriate maintenance activities to occur," Mr Bartlett said.
"Typically, this would be maintenance grading for an unsealed road such as Rangari Road."
Gunnedah's councillors recently voted at an ordinary meeting to push the government to begin the project.
The Namoi Valley Independent approached Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey for comment but said he had "no further update".
"We have voiced our request to our local member," Cr Chaffey said.