Newell Highway Narrabri to Moree

Newell Highway Upgrade, heavy duty pavement upgrades (Narrabri to Moree)

The Australian Government has committed $205.73 million and the NSW Government has committed the remaining $51.44 million towards the $257 million Heavy Duty Pavement Upgrade (HDPU) project under the Newell Highway Upgrade program.

Stage 1 of the HDPU project includes upgrading four priority sections along the Newell Highway with 27.3 kilometres of new road pavement, intersection improvements, widening of road shoulders and the provision of five additional overtaking lanes.

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SEP 2021

SEP 2021Tenders called for main construction contract

Tenders are now being invited from pre-qualified contractors with TfNSW for the Heavy Duty Pavement Upgrade project between Narrabri and Moree (Stage 1).

The project will include upgrading four sections of the Newell Highway between Narrabri and Moree to provide a safer, more reliable and less weather-impacted route which will improve access for freight.

A tender package has been released to market and be open for approximately eight weeks to engage the head contractor on the main contract for the work.

Works are planned to start in mid 2022 following the announcement of the successful head contractor for the main construction contract.

Local Businesses invited to register their interest

If you’re a business or supplier in the local area, you are invited to register your contact details and services by Thursday 14 October 2021. These details will then be made available to prospective tenderers to contact you for pricing during the tender period. Register your interest by Thursday 14 October 2021 via the Industry Capability Network (ICN) website.

Please note, those businesses that registered with ICN Gateway for this project earlier in the year do not need to register again.

MAY 2021

MAY 2021Information session

On Tuesday May 4 TfNSW held an online information session for local and indigenous suppliers and contractors to learn more about how they may be involved in upcoming opportunities in the delivery of the HDPU project. To view the session please click on the session link.

Project overview map
Project overview map

Project information

The Austrailan and NSW Governments are investing $257 million in Stage 1 of the Heavy Duty Pavement Upgrade between Narrabri and Moree. Stage 1 works will include four priority sections (1, 2, 3 and 5) along the Newell Highway with 27.3 kilometres of new road pavement, intersection improvements, widening of road shoulders and the provision of five additional overtaking lanes.

This project will improve safety for motorists and reduce future maintenance requirements and costs.

Stimulus funding enabled early work to be completed in June 2020 consisting of water main relocations in Bellata.

  • Increase travel reliability between Narrabri and Moree
  • Reduce travel times between Narrabri and Moree
  • Reduce the cost of maintenance along the Newell Highway
  • Reduce vehicle operating costs on the Newell Highway
  • Improve road safety for road users
  • Improve flood immunity of the Newell Highway between Narrabri and Moree.

The upgraded sections of the Newell highway between Narrabri and Moree would include:

  • provide a heavy duty pavement to meet the existing and future freight needs along this section of the  Newell
  • widen the existing highway or construct a new two lane highway adjacent to the existing highway of 3.5m lanes, 2m shoulders, and 1m wide centreline cross section
  • provide new 1.5km long dedicated overtaking lanes in five locations
  • upgrade intersections and right turning lanes
  • retain or improve the 110km design speed alignments
  • improve access to private property and bus stop layouts.

The Primary objectives are to:

  • increase travel reliability and reduce travel times on the Newell Highway
  • reduce vehicle operating costs on the Newell Highway
  • reduce the costs of maintaining the Newell Highway
  • improve freight efficiency
  • improve the safety of the Newell Highway (reduce fatalities and serious injury crash rate)

Other supporting objectives are to:

  • provide a 40year traffic loading design
  • develop a proposal that contributes to the economic development of the region and improves transport efficiency on this section of the Newell Highway in terms of travel time and vehicle operating costs
  • ensure that all potential impacts of the proposal on the local community are assessed and appropriate mitigation measures are developed
  • ensure an adequate level of service for existing and predicted traffic volumes
  • ensure route development minimises the impact on environmentally sensitive areas and that appropriate mitigation measures are included in the proposal to manage any impact
  • ensure stakeholder involvement in all phases of the proposal development
  • ensure compatibility of the road network and the long-term land use planning for the area.

Project documents

Community information

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June 2018 project update

Newell Highway upgrade, Narrabri to Moree and North Moree heavy duty pavement projects.

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Reports

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September 2018 submissions report

Newell Highway Heavy Duty Pavements, Narrabri to Moree.

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June 2018 review of environmental factors report

Executive Summary.

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June 2018 review of environmental factors report

Newell Highway Heavy Duty Pavements, Narrabri to Moree - Main report.

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June 2018 Biodiversity Assessment

Newell Highway Heavy Duty Pavements, Narrabri to Moree.

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May 2018 Aboriginal and historic archaeological survey report

Newell Highway Heavy Duty Pavements, Narrabri to Moree

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May 2018 Operational traffic and construction noise and vibration assessment report

Newell Highway Heavy Duty Pavements, Narrabri to Moree.

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May 2018 Urban design, landscape character and visual impact assessment report

Newell Highway Heavy Duty Pavements, Narrabri to Moree.

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Media releases

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24 September 2021

Tenders open for Major Newell Highway Upgrade

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3 May 2021

Newell Highway upgrade a heavy duty boost for local jobs, businesses

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Contact us

For more information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 741 636 (option 3)

Email: newell.upgrade@transport.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Newell Highway upgrade, Narrabri to Moree Heavy Duty Pavements; PO Box 334, Parkes NSW 2870

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