Appleby Lane (Oxley Highway to Gidley-Appleby Road) will be closed to through-traffic for up to three months from Tuesday, 21 March, to allow major improvement works to be carried out on two sections of the roadway.
Appleby Lane residents will continue to have car access to their properties but heavy vehicles and through-traffic will need to use alternative routes such as Gidley-Appleby Road.
Variable message signs will be at both the Gunnedah Road and Manilla Road ends of the lane to advise motorists of the closure to through traffic.
The lane is undergoing a $4.3 million upgrade jointly funded by the Australian Government, NSW Government and Tamworth Regional Council. The project will benefit agricultural producers, freight operators and all road users by facilitating heavy vehicle access to Tamworth from the north.
Work has progressed well since the project started on 17 February near the Fairs Road intersection. On 21 March, construction crews will work towards the Manilla Road intersection, a 1.6-kilometre section of the lane, where two large box culverts need to be replaced.
Temporary side tracks will be built near the site of each culvert to ensure Appleby Lane residents continue to have car access, but the lane will be closed to through-traffic for about eight weeks until early May.
Once completed, construction will move closer to the Gunnedah Road-end of the lane, to a 1.3 kilometre-section with two hills. Up to two metres of earth will be removed from the crest of each hill, which will improve road safety by increasing the line of sight for motorists. This section of the lane will be closed to through traffic for up to four weeks from about 4 May until early June.
Any residents with concerns about access to their property should call Senior Engineer Transport and Assets Division, Jay Morrow, on (02) 6767 5013.
Any residents or road users who would like to receive regular email updates about progress of the Appleby Lane Upgrade are asked to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for the project includes $1.566m from the Australian Government under Round Five of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, $1.566m from the NSW Government through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program and $1.193m from Tamworth Regional Council ($900,000 from the Civil Construction Reserve plus an additional $293,000 comprising an industry co-contribution and Section 94 contribution).