Around 11.7km long, the new road provides a direct link for transport operators to access local freight networks at Kidman Way, Irrigation Way and Burley Griffin Way, while bypassing the Griffith CBD.
The Griffith Southern Industrial Link (GSIL) has been rolled out in stages since 2017, designed to provide a smoother and safer route for transport operators around the region.
Funded by the local, state and federal governments, the road was officially opened by NSW Premier Chris Minns on Monday August 7.
“It’s wonderful to see this key link road now open and working. The Griffith region is a crucial part of the state’s transport system, and this route provides a direct link for truck drivers to access key local freight networks while bypassing the Griffith CBD,” said Minns.
“This is a great example of all three levels of government working together for the benefit of the community. I commend Griffith City Council on its vision and delivery of this important project.”
Council’s director infrastructure and operations, Phil King, said he was pleased to see work completed.
“The completion of these stages of the Southern Industrial Link is a significant milestone for Griffith,” he said.
“The project has involved the widening and construction of the existing roadways, the construction of three roundabouts at existing intersections and realignment to two existing intersections.”
Griffith Mayor, Councillor Doug Curran added that the work will help improve connections to freight networks and boost safety for all road users, including heavy vehicle drivers.
“The GSIL has been a massive undertaking that council is proud to have achieved over the past seven years,” Curran said.
Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown said, “The Griffith Southern Industrial Link will streamline heavy road freight movements around Griffith and take heavy freight vehicles away from Banna Avenue and the city centre.
“Projects like this one which bypasses Griffith, will enable more efficient freight transport deliveries and improve safety for truck drivers.
“This rural road freight link provides a safer and more efficient heavy vehicle transport connection avoiding the busy city centre of Griffith, delivering the improved infrastructure truckies and residents deserve.”
Council is now planning for Stages 3 and 4a of the GSIL which involve upgrades to Kurrajong Avenue and Thorne Road from Kidman Way to Murrumbidgee Avenue.