Wagga City Council will join the running for a new tranche of funding to fix roads, but a leading figure in the trucking industry is calling on the government to place a condition on the cashflow.
A share in $150 million is up for grabs as part of the Fixing Country Roads grants to upgrade regional roads, bridges and truck washes across regional NSW.
Geoff Crouch, Wagga businessman and director of Ron Crouch Transport, said there were countless roads in the Riverina and across the state that needed upgrading.
"Any funding to councils for improving local roads should be conditional upon them being upgraded to ensure access for high productivity vehicles," he said.
"This is how you ensure the cost of getting goods to market becomes cheaper."
Mr Crouch added that when talking about the freight industry, he felt it necessary to urge the government to provide a bypass around Wagga.
"We need it now, not 30 years in the future," he said.
"There is existing government data that predicts the freight task will double by 2030."
The city's technical and strategy manager, Peter Ross, said the council would be applying for funding under the program to improve roads and bridges along important freight routes.
"At this stage, specific projects have not been determined," he said.
"Council will be submitting standalone applications for road and bridge projects.
"Currently there is a cost of $105.13 million to bring the whole sealed road network up to council's agreed level of service. This funding opportunity is for freight routes, some of which are included in the roads infrastructure backlog."
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the state government was committed to delivering better, safer roads infrastructure across NSW.
"This program supports our freight industry by improving the connectivity of local roads, including key freight corridors," he said.
"This reduces the cost of getting goods to market for local businesses and unlocks greater economic opportunities."
Councils can submit a standalone application or partner with other local government areas on larger-scale projects. Applications for the current round will be open until October 10.