The design of a second high-level river crossing at Dubbo has been refined amid new declarations of support for the project.
Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders said on Wednesday "small changes" to the planned bridge at River Street had been made in response to public feedback and it was "on a positive track".
The NSW government set aside $140 million for the New Dubbo Bridge project to keep the city linked during floods, but its chosen location of River Street sparked opposition from some community members and Dubbo Regional Council.
On Wednesday as Mr Saunders announced the release of the submissions report and refined design, he was flanked by business and community leaders who told of their support for project.
Dubbo Chamber of Commerce president Matt Wright said the amount of money the CBD lost during the 2010 flood was "enormous".
"That wasn't just from out of town traffic coming in, that was from locals...so to open up that transport route and maintain continuity of business is really important from a chamber perspective," he said.
Dubbo City Toyota dealer principal David Hayes gave his support for the project, which will be near his business.
"It will be a significant impact on my business, we're going to lose some land, we're also going to lose some parking, so they're big concerns for me, but I've come out in support of the bridge project because I can see the benefits to Dubbo," he said.
"I can see the fact our congestion is growing, we have a growing precinct on this side of Dubbo and we're prepared to work with [Transport for NSW] to try and work through those situations, the impacts on my business to make sure we bring this project to life for Dubbo."
Fletcher International Exports managing director Roger Fletcher also gave the project his endorsement.
Mr Saunders said Wednesday was "a bit of a step forward in setting a line in the sand of a positive way forward for this project".
After considering and responding to each of the 310 submissions made in mid-2019, the design had been refined, he said.
"We've increased the speed limit, introduced a dedicated northbound slip lane off the bridge and improved pedestrian and cycle safety," he said.
"The project team has also removed the wide centre line from the bridge design, reducing the width of the road and bridge."