Aerial view of Barton Highway

Barton Highway

The Australian and NSW governments have provided $100 million to fund the duplication of the Barton Highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman and complete immediate safety upgrades as identified in the Barton Highway Improvement Strategy 2017.

This work will improve road safety while enhancing tourism, driving economic growth and creating vibrant regional spaces.

A further $100 million has been committed by the Australian Government, pending further planning.

Latest news

DEC 2020

DEC 2020Summer community update is out now

The announcement of the Barton Highway alliance is an exciting step towards the start of construction on stage one of the duplication.

See the new community update (PDF, 2.35Mb) to meet the alliance team and find out the latest news on the Barton Highway upgrade project.

NOV 2020

NOV 2020First sod turned

Work has officially started on stage one of the Barton Highway duplication with a turning of the sod on Monday 23 November 2020.

The first sod was turned by NSW Senator Jim Molan AO DSC, Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckermann, Yass Valley Council mayor Rowena Abbey and Transport for NSW Director South Sam Knight.

Stage one will build new northbound lanes from the ACT border to Kaveneys Road. These new lanes will be separated from the existing highway, resulting in reduced traffic impacts during construction.

Minor work has started with fencing, utility relocations and salvage work to prepare the site for major work that will begin in early 2021.

Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays.

There will be minimal traffic impacts as early work is carried out. We will keep you informed as work continues and inform you in advance if there is any impact to traffic.

It is anticipated the initial duplication work will be completed in 2023, weather permitting.

SEP 2020

SEP 2020Contractor announced for first stage of duplication

Transport for NSW has formed an alliance with Seymour Whyte and SMEC to design and construct the initial length of Barton Highway duplication from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman.Qualified contractors were invited to tender in October last year to build the $100 million first stage of duplication, and Seymour Whyte and SMEC were selected as the successful candidates after a competitive tender process and participating in a series of technical workshops.

A partnership with the private sector will enable Transport for NSW to be more agile, and leverage expertise for a speedier delivery and better value for money.

It is anticipated duplication of the Barton Highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman will start on site later this year and be completed in 2023.

Meanwhile, a submissions report has been produced, summarising all feedback to the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Barton Highway duplication project.

Thanks to the responses received during the submission period, a key design improvement has been made by adding a dedicated right turn from the highway to Kaveneys Road to improve safety.

A submissions report summarising the comments, responses, changes to the proposal and details of environmental measures and safeguards is now available from Project documents.

JUL 2020

JUL 2020Murrumbateman village safety improvements

Pedestrian and cyclist safety improvement work has started in Murrumbateman village. A community update (PDF, 770Kb) provides an overview of these changes, including upgrading existing footpaths, installing pedestrian safety fences and improving traffic flow through Jones Park rest area. The work is expected to be completed by late October, weather permitting.

MAY 2020

MAY 2020Autumn community update is out now

As we move closer to the duplication of the Barton Highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman, we have been busy finalising a number of plans and processes.

See the Autumn community update (PDF,785Kb) to find out how we’re working to build you the best Barton possible.

Project information

The Barton Highway is an essential part of the NSW and ACT transport network, connecting communities to essential services, employment, health care, education opportunities and supporting freight movement.

In 2017 the Australian and NSW governments announced funding to begin the duplication of the Barton Highway in NSW.

Duplicating the highway will ensure safer and more reliable journeys for almost 13,000 road users who use the Barton Highway daily.

The section of highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman was identified for immediate duplication. The existing highway will become the southbound carriageway and the new lanes will be the northbound carriageway.

During detailed design we will be working with the road construction industry to maximise the length of duplication that can be delivered with the available funding.

Work on the first stage of duplication is expected to start later this year. Upgrading the highway and carrying out safety improvements will bring major benefits to road users. These improvements support regional development and provide:

  • Safer travel
  • Reduced travel times with improved transport efficiency
  • More consistent and reliable travel
  • Safer conditions for road users and local communities

For more information view the Project documents page.

Transport for NSW takes its responsibility to the environment and legislation seriously.

A review of environmental factors (REF) was on display for community feedback from Monday 24 February to Friday 27 March 2020. An REF assesses the impact of construction activity on natural and cultural heritage within the project area.

We have identified vulnerable flora and fauna, significant cultural locations, and conducted a range of studies on the environment to best protect the area around the Barton Highway duplication zone.

Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback or came to discuss the report at our information sessions at Yass and Murrumbateman. The feedback period is now closed.

In response to submissions, Transport for NSW has revised the proposed intersection configuration at Kaveneys Road to allow a right turn into Kaveneys Road.

View the review of environmental factors (PDF, 16.7Mb) and submissions report (PDF, 10.4Mb).

Our number one priority is keeping people safe on our roads and the Barton Highway Improvement Strategy 2017 identified a number of concerns along the corridor.

Completed safety work

To get you home safely we have reduced the likelihood of run-off road crashes by:

  • Completing shoulder improvement work
  • Upgrading signage
  • Adjusting line marking
  • Clearing vegetation
  • Repairing road surfaces
  • Improving stormwater drains.

To minimise the severity of crashes we have:

  • Changed conditions at the Hillview Drive intersection to allow better traffic flow and access on and off the highway
  • Upgraded the Gooda Creek Road and Vallencia Drive intersections to relieve congestion and improve access on and off the highway
  • Improved bridge barriers at Gooromon Ponds Creek, Jeir Creek, Gooda Creek and McClungs Creek
  • Removed mature trees between Casuarina Lane and Yass Valley Way
  • Improved bus stops, including a new bus stop at Vallencia Drive and new off-road bus stops at Euroka Avenue and Gooda Creek Road
  • Installed electronic message boards along the Barton Highway and Yass Valley Way to inform road users of changed traffic conditions and provide fog weather warnings to motorists.


We are collaborating on Yass Valley Council’s Active Transport plan to create an interconnected movement network that will meet the needs of Murrumbateman village into the future. An active transport hub will allow cyclists and pedestrians to easily and safely move through the village and create a vibrant, cohesive community with improved health and lifestyle outcomes. This will also attract new visitors to the village, enhancing tourism and business opportunities.

We understand the local community has identified a number of safety concerns including:

  • Lack of pedestrian visibility for motorists
  • Risk involved with people walking along the Barton Highway from Fairley Estate
  • Difficulties for pedestrians crossing the highway

To improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians, we have developed a concept plan that:

  • Extends the shared pathway from the Murrumbateman Hotel bus stop along the Barton Highway to Hercules Street to provide safe passage around the village
  • Involves installing a pedestrian barrier at Jones Park and modifying the existing median island to improve safety

Our project team has been asking the Murrumbateman community to consider their pedestrian and cycling requirements so we can help build appropriate infrastructure to suit their needs into the future.

In 2016 the Australian Government committed $50 million to the Barton Highway under the Infrastructure Investment Program. This commitment included funding for a business case to recommend staging and costings for full duplication of the highway.

Transport for NSW has developed this business case for the Australian Government, in collaboration with Yass Valley Council who provided oversight and strategic direction and ensured the local community’s views were represented.

The business case identifies a staged approach to delivery as the most cost effective option for the highway’s current and future capacity requirements between the ACT-NSW border and Murrumbateman. The staged approach to duplication will support current and future traffic demands through the delivery of safety improvements and increased capacity.

View the Barton Highway duplication business case (PDF, 1Mb).

Transport for NSW is continuing discussions with landowners impacted by the Barton Highway upgrade. Property acquisition is continuing and we will contact you directly if we need to enter your property.

The project team is committed to creating a Barton Highway that will support the community now, and into the future.

We have prepared a strategic business case at the request of the Australian Government which looks at future population growth, transport needs and outlines planning priorities.

It proposes further duplication and investment based on a range of technical investigations that will best support the growth of the region.

To keep road users safe we will continue to promote safety campaigns, such as Towards Zero. Our campaigns target road safety issues such as driver fatigue and tail gating, speeding, driver distraction and roadwork safety, in cooperation with council and police.

We will continue to work with Yass Valley Council, property owners, residents, businesses and other key stakeholders during the planning and construction process.

Your comments and suggestions are welcome. We will keep the community informed about project progress on our website and NSW Roads facebook page, by distributing newsletters and holding information kiosks in local towns.

If you would like to be included in an email distribution group to receive information, please email

Barton Highway upgrade status map
Barton Highway upgrade status map
Barton Highway upgrade overview map
Barton Highway upgrade overview map

Media releases

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25 March 2021

Major work under way on Barton Highway duplication

24 February 2020

Barton Highway Review of Environmental Factors on display.

6 February 2020

Have your say on the Barton Highway upgrade.

28 October 2019

Plans rev up for Barton Highway upgrade.

17 October 2019

Barton Highway key route to field days.



Contact us

For more information about this project contact our project team:

Phone: 1800 931 250 (toll free)


Mail: Transport for NSW, PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 

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