Gwydir Highway

The Gwydir Highway is a 566-kilometre (352 mi)[1] state highway in northern New South Wales, Australia.

Gwydir Highway

Gravesend (1).JPG
The Gwydir River Bridge on the highway at Gravesend.
General information
TypeHighway
Length566 km (352 mi)[1]
Opened1928
Route number(s)
  • B76
  • Entire Route
Former
route number
  • National Route 38 (1962–2013)
  • Entire Route[2]
Major junctions
West end
  Newell Highway
Fossickers Way
New England Highway
Summerland Way
East end
Location(s)
Major settlementsCollarenebri, Moree, Warialda, Inverell, Glen Innes
Highway system

The highway was named after the Gwydir River, which in turn was named for a locale in Wales.

RouteEdit

 
Rocky Ford Bridge on the highway over the Barwon River at Collarenebri

The Gwydir Highway traverses the New England region from the inland plains to the coastal region, linking the Castlereagh Highway, Collarenebri, Moree, Warialda, Inverell, Glen Innes and Grafton. The western termination of the highway is at the junction of the Castlereagh Highway, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) north of Walgett.[3]

At Moree it intersects the Newell Highway. At Inverell it has an intersection with Thunderbolts Way. At Glen Innes it intersects the New England Highway. At Grafton on the Clarence River, it joins the Pacific Highway, the Summerland Way and the Orara Way. Between Glen Innes and Grafton, the Gwydir Highway runs between the Gibraltar Range and Washpool National Parks.

In December 1960 a 160-kilometre deviation opened between Glen Innes and Grafton with the old road renamed Old Glen Innes Road.[4]

Major junctionsEdit

LGALocationkm[1]miDestinationsNotes
WalgettWalgett00.0  Castlereagh Highway (B55) – Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Coonamble, GilgandraY-intersection; western terminus; road continues north and south as the Castlereagh Highway
Collarenebri6037Wilson Street4-way intersection; Gwydir Highway continues east
Barwon RiverRocky Ford Bridge
Moree PlainsMoree200120Balo Street to Boggabilla Road to Carnarvon Highway – Mungindi, St George (QLD)4-way intersection; Gwydir Highway continues south
Mehi RiverDoctor Geoffrey Hunter Bridge
Moree PlainsMoree201125  Newell Highway (A39) [east] / Alice Street – Boggabilla, Glen Innes, Grafton, GoondawindiRoundabout; western concurrency terminus; Gwydir Highway continues east
  Newell Highway (A39) [south] / Balo Street – Narrabri, Dubbo, NarranderaRoundabout
  Newell Highway (A39) [north] / Moree Bypass – Boggabilla, GoondawindiT-intersection; eastern concurrency terminus; Gwydir Highway continues east
Gwydir River257160Gwydir River Bridge
GwydirWarialda277172  Fossickers Way / Allan Cunningham Road (B95) – Bingara, Barraba, TamworthT-ntersection; western concurrency terminus; Gwydir Highway continues east
279173  Fossickers Way / Warialda Road (B95) – Yetman to Bruxner HighwayT-intersection; eastern concurrency terminus; Gwydir Highway continues east
Macintyre River340210Bridge over the river (bridge name unknown)
InverellInverell340210Otho StreetRoundabout; Gwydir Highway continues southeast
341212Tinga Road to Thunderbolts Way (no shield) – Uralla, Walcha, GloucesterT-intersection: Gwydir Highway continues east
Glen Innes SevernGlen Innes407253  New England Highway (A15) [north] / Church Street – Stanthorpe, Warwick (QLD)T-intersection; northern concurrency terminus; Gwydir Highway continues south
  New England Highway (A15) [south] / Church Street – Armidale, Tamworth, NewcastleRoundabound; southern concurrency terminus; Gwydir Highway continues east
Beardy Waters413257Bridge over the river (bridge name unknown)
Mann River522324Bridge over the river (bridge name unknown)
Clarence ValleyGrafton565351Bent Street to
  Summerland Way (B91) [north] – Casino, Kyogle
Roundabound; Gwydir Highway continues east as Charles Street
   Big River Way
to  – Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Sydney, Brunswick Heads
to  – Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast
Roundabout; eastern terminus; road continues north and south as the Big River Way
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Gwydir Highway, Walgett NSW 2832 to Charles Street, South Grafton NSW 2460 (Map). Google Maps. 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  2. ^ Alpha Numeric route numbers – A new Road Numbering System, NSW Transport Roads & Maritime Services. Retrieved on 6 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Gwydir Highway". Ozroads. Retrieved 21 June 2011.[self-published source]
  4. ^ New Highway Links Inland Areas with Coast Truck & Bus Transportation July 1960 page 65