Getting ready to open the Oxley

28 June 2021

Preparations have begun to reopen the Oxley Highway to traffic for the first time since the March floods.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said work is progressing well to repair 70 landslips along the highway, with the final section between Mount Seaview Road and Gingers Creek Roadhouse expected to reopen to a single lane in the coming weeks.

“We’re now only weeks away from seeing this key corridor reopened from Wauchope all the way to Walcha,” Mr Toole said.

“Restoring access has been a monumental task after the damage we saw - our teams have used every tool and technique at their disposal to get the job done.”

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said opening the road as soon as possible was a priority.  

“I know how important the highway is for our communities, local industries and the economy,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Crews have been using several techniques to ensure motorists will soon be able to travel along the whole length of the highway, including deploying drones to examine and evaluate damage from a safe distance.”

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said up to 30 workers had been on site each day, working to remove rock and debris. 

“The damage to the Oxley Highway has been immense and has required a coordinated response from Transport for NSW, Walcha Council, geotechnical experts and local contractors,” Mr Anderson said.

“Local communities are to be congratulated for their patience and support during this difficult time, and I’m sure they join me in thanking the dozens of workers on the ground who have been working every single day to restore this vital transport link.”

Work to restore the highway and improve resilience for future severe weather events will continue for many months to come.

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

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