THE Gunnedah rail overpass project is a step closer to completion despite social distancing measures introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All of the $61 million project's girders are now in place and work has begun on the bridge deck.
NSW Regional Transport Minister Paul Toole said the government was committed to delivering on infrastructure projects during the coronavirus crisis.
"We're powering ahead with projects like this, with the appropriate safeguards in place, because we understand just how important investments are to regional economies in this difficult time," Mr Toole said.
"This $61 million project has already provided about 60 jobs, showing our continued commitment to building up regional economies."
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said the new 195-metre long bridge would provide exciting opportunities for locals and freight operators alike.
"The project team worked to a tight schedule earlier this year when placing the concrete girders over the rail line and completed the job with time to spare," Mr Anderson said.
"This complex task had to be carried out while the rail line was closed for maintenance and the team worked around the clock to complete the task within the allotted 72 hours.
"Work has now started on forming the bridge deck with concrete pours being carried out."
Mr Anderson said changed traffic conditions would be in place throughout the next stage of the project.
"The project team has temporarily closed View Street to finish work on the new roundabout, with New Street now reopened to traffic," he said.
"View Street is expected to reopen once work on the roundabout is complete in July, weather permitting."