Deni/Barham Rd works almost done!

Works along 21.8km of road between Deniliquin and Barham will be completed this month after 2 years of construction to widen the busy stretch of highway.

Murray River Council commenced the $6.223 million road widening project in early 2019, increasing all sealed sections of road that were less than 7 metres to a width of 8 metres.

Works also include the replacement and widening of culverts, improvement of the road-side embankments, tree lopping and removal of a rail crossing at Caldwell.

Council’s works team have been working on the last 2.3km towards the Deniliquin end, with construction on track for completion by June 30.

Murray River Council mayor, Chris Bilkey said the completed works will improve access and safety on the road between Deniliquin and Barham.

“Reliable roads are of particular importance in an area like ours where major routes are utilised by freight trucks to move stock and product.”

“Our works team have done a great job coordinating this project and it has certainly delivered some welcome improvements for road users.”

The Deniliquin/Barham Road widening has been funded via the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program, the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and through the Regional Road Block Grant. 

The road currently has an average daily volume of 431 vehicles, with heavy vehicles accounting for 21%.

“The Deni/Barham Road is a heavily utilised transport route so it’s pleasing that all three tiers of Government can work together to make these critical ventures come to fruition, improving the general safety of the road overall and delivering some great community outcomes,” Cr Bilkey said.