A ROAD that was once avoided as it required a much-need upgrade, has reached a new milestone.
Construction of a new bridge over the Sturt Canal on the Whitton-Darlington Point Road, also known as Main Road 539 just outside of Whitton, will mark a big green light this week.
The installation of new beam structures will happen occur on July 22, marking a pivotal moment for the project.
Leeton Shire Council is managing the initiative after starting work in March.
It is being funded under the NSW Fixing Country Roads Program.
It was something motorists of all vehicles had been calling for for some time, but particularly those behind the wheel of large trucks and heavy movers.
The road is home to the Southern Cotton gin, meaning it is used frequently by heavy vehicles.
"This project will result in newer, safer, sustainable and more productive freight movements across the bridge," council's director of operations Peter Keane said.
"The new bridge will enable access for up to PBS level 3A higher mass limit vehicles, which is a new rating of freight efficient heavy vehicles in Australia.
"We are proud to reach this major stage of the project with installation of the beams.
MR 539 road access continues to remain open to all traffic.
Completion of the new bridge is scheduled for October.