Artists impression of Dubbo Bridge.

New Dubbo Bridge

The Australian and NSW Governments are investing in a new bridge over the Macquarie River in Dubbo as part of their commitment to Building a better Dubbo. Once complete, the new bridge will ease congestion and maintain reliable access through Dubbo during flood events.

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DEC 2020

DEC 2020Detailed design

Geotechnical and survey field investigations have commenced. The information gathered, in addition to community feedback will inform the detailed design process.

The project team will continue to work with landowners, the Aboriginal community, Dubbo Regional Council and other key stakeholders throughout the detailed design phase to identify opportunities for project refinement.

JUN 2020

JUN 2020Stakeholder engagement

The project team has been meeting with residents, landowners and businesses to keep them informed about how the project is developing. We've been discussing impacts and answering specific questions raised by stakeholders.

The project has now been handed over to the delivery team who will continue work on the project. This includes commencing the detailed design and associated works, such as further geotechnical and survey investigations, as well as detailed planning and finalising design.

FEB 2020

FEB 2020Reports now available

The concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) were on display for public comment from Monday 27 May 2019 to Friday 28 June 2019. During this time, Transport for NSW received a total of 310 submissions relating to the New Dubbo Bridge. All submissions made during the display period have been addressed and responded to in a submissions report (PDF, 11Mb).

The New Dubbo Bridge Submissions Report relates to the REF prepared for the New Dubbo Bridge and summarises the issues raised as well as responses to each issue raised by the community, stakeholders and government agencies. The report details further environmental investigations carried out since the finalisation of the REF as a result of changes to the proposal and identifies new or revised environmental management measures for the project.

The Building a better Dubbo 2019 Consultation Report is also now available to view or download (8.25Mb). This report summarises Transport for NSW's consultation with the community and key stakeholders about the Building a better Dubbo projects, including the New Dubbo Bridge project, during the display period in May and June 2019.

Transport for NSW has also finalised the 2016/2017 New Dubbo Bridge Consultation Report which summarises consultation with the community and key stakeholders on the new Dubbo Bridge during the display of the six strategic options prior to the announcement of River Street as the preferred route. The report is available here to view or download (PDF, 2.33Mb).

View all three reports by visiting the Dubbo road projects webpage.

Project information

The New Dubbo Bridge provides another river crossing in Dubbo during flood events and will maintain reliability for commuter and heavy freight traffic through Dubbo during these events.

Following investigation of six strategic options and community consultation, River Street was announced as the preferred route for the new bridge in May 2017.

The preferred option has been chosen to improve freight efficiency on the Newell Highway, reduce traffic congestion and provide an additional route during flood events. It will assist in easing congestion in Dubbo when needed most.

The new 545 metre bridge will connect the western shore of the Macquarie River to River Street, travelling over the flood plain west of the river. The New Dubbo Bridge project will also include:

  • New and upgraded intersections at Thompson Street, Whylandra Street, and the Newell Highway
  • Realigning the Newell Highway with new separated lanes north of Whylandra Street
  • Upgrading the intersection at Bourke Street and River Street.

Full funding for the New Dubbo Bridge project has been confirmed, comprising of $176 million from the Australian Government and $44 million from the NSW Government.

The project is currently in the detailed design stage. During this stage the concept design features are further developed and detailed to enable a final set of drawings to be completed in preparation for construction.

Transport for NSW will continue to consult with the community during each phase of the project.

The project will provide significant employment opportunities as well as local and regional benefits to the Central West when major work is set to start to commence in 2022.

All submissions from the community and stakeholders were reviewed, considered and responded to in the New Dubbo Bridge Submissions Report. In response to submissions and following further design development since the display of the REF, changes to the concept design have been made.

The changes are listed below:

  • Increasing the posted speed limit from 60 km/h to 70 km/h from the merging lane of the northbound slip lane on the new main alignment on the approach to the River Street / Bourke Street intersection
  • The flood bypass between Thompson Street and the new main alignment has been changed to a permanent northbound slip lane, with a posted speed limit of 60 km/h. During non-flood periods, it will operate as a single lane, one-way link between Thompson Street and the Newell Highway. During flood events when the Thompson Street/Whylandra Street intersection is flooded, it will operate as a flood detour. The flood detour will be two lanes, with one southbound and one northbound lane, with a posted speed limit of 40 km/h (under traffic control)
  • Addition of a line marked pedestrian crossing on Thompson Street with kerb ramps to cross the northbound slip lane
  • Extension of the southern footpath on River Street to Brisbane Street and connection to the existing pedestrian facilities about 400 metres south of River Street
  • Changes to the location of the proposed construction ancillary facility (number 3) on the eastern side of the Macquarie River to provide greater flexibility to the construction contractor
  • The one-metre wide centre line has been removed, resulting in an overall width reduction of the new main alignment and the New Dubbo Bridge.

Feedback on the REF and concept design has been considered during the determination of the REF and finalisation of the Submissions Report. The determination of the REF is the confirmation that the project meets all environmental requirements.

The determination allows Transport for NSW to continue the planning for the River Street Bridge project, including starting the detailed design. Transport for NSW will continue to consult with the community and stakeholders before and during the construction phase, which is expected to start in 2022.

We are committed to keeping the community and stakeholders informed as the project progresses. Where a decision is made to proceed with the proposal, Transport for NSW will continue to consult with the community and stakeholders before and during the construction phase.

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) assesses the potential social and environmental impacts of the project and identifies ways to minimise these impacts. View or download a copy of of the REF main report. The full report is on the project documents page.

Project map

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Project documents


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