Intersection of Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway

Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade

The NSW Government is investing to upgrade the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection to improve safety and efficiency. The roundabout will be removed and replaced with traffic lights to better regulate traffic flow.

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OCT 2021

OCT 2021Night work and detours

Night work and detours will be in place at the Newell Highway Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade in Dubbo from Sunday 10 October. This is preparation work for the traffic light switch at the intersection. View or download the October Project update (PDF, 485Kb).

SEP 2021

SEP 2021New pavement work on the eastern leg of the intersection

Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions at the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection from 7pm Friday 17 September until 6am Monday 20 September to allow for new pavement work.

While this work is underway, a temporary road closure on the eastern side of Mitchell Highway will be put in place, as well as restricted eastbound right turn movements from the Mitchell Highway onto Newell Highway, and restricted southbound right turn movements from Newell Highway onto Mitchell Highway. This may affect travel times.

View the September 2021 project notification (PDF, 294Kb) for more information.

AUG 2021

AUG 2021Traffic light change and temporary roundabout installation

Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions at the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection from Friday 13 August 2021.

Work includes switching off temporary traffic signals and installing a temporary roundabout before the permanent traffic signals are switched on at the end of the year.

From 7pm Friday, 13 August through until 7am Monday, 16 August 2021 Transport for NSW will work continually on:

  • Completing work on the new pavement in the western half of the intersection to allow a temporary roundabout to be installed. A detour will be in place while the work is being carried out
  • Opening the temporary roundabout at the intersection. This roundabout will allow right hand turn movements from all four legs of the intersection
  • Road work to facilitate these changes including barrier removal and replacement, traffic control, lane changes and line marking.

Please refer to August 2021 project notification (PDF, 373Kb) for more information.

JUL 2021

JUL 2021Changed traffic conditions

Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions on the Newell Highway at Dubbo from Wednesday 21 July 2021.

Work will be carried out at the intersection of the Newell Highway and Baird Street between Wednesday 21 July and Friday 30 July, weather permitting.

Road paving and steel barrier installation will take place over 10 days between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday and between 8am and 6pm on Sunday.

During this time, Baird Street will be closed at the intersection of the Newell Highway, with detours in place via East Street and Young Street.

Please refer to July 2021 project notification (PDF, 195Kb) for more information.

JUN 2021

JUN 2021Night work to prepare for traffic switch

From Tuesday 22 June, traffic will be moved onto a section of newly built pavement on all four legs of the intersection.

During this time, right hand turn access will be restricted for vehicles turning right from the Mitchell Highway westbound lane, Mitchell Highway eastbound lane and the Newell Highway southbound lane.

To minimise impact on motorists, preparation work for this traffic switch will take place at night between 7pm and 6am on Tuesday 22 June, weather permitting.

From 7am Wednesday 23 June traffic will travel on the new lanes, weather permitting. 

Please refer to the June 2021 project notification for more information.

JUN 2021

JUN 2021Project update available

Work is progressing well on the Newell Highway Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade in Dubbo.

See the latest project update for an overview of progress on the project, traffic changes and next steps.

MAY 2021

MAY 2021Temporary traffic signal installation

From Tuesday 18 May 2021, Transport for NSW will remove the existing roundabout and install temporary traffic signals at the intersection.

During this time, right hand turn access will be restricted for vehicles turning right from the Mitchell Highway westbound lane, Mitchell Highway eastbound lane and the Newell Highway southbound lane.

The night work will be carried out between Monday 17 May and Wednesday 19 May from 8pm to 6am.

Work during the day will occur between 7am and 6pm and this stage of works is expected to be completed in three weeks, weather permitting.

Please refer to the May 2021 project notification (PDF, 103Kb) for more information.

APR 2021

APR 2021Pavement upgrade

From Thursday 15 April 2021, Transport for NSW will start pavement investigation work on the eastern side of the Newell Highway and northern side of the Mitchell Highway ahead of building the new pavement from Tuesday 27 April 2021.

Please refer to April 2021 project notification (PDF, 103Kb) for more information.

FEB 2021

FEB 2021Roundabout removal

Removal of the Newell Highway Mitchell Highway intersection roundabout is underway with minor morning delays expected. Temporary traffic lights will also be erected, however the intersection will continue to operate as a roundabout until these are switched in in mid-March. We would like to thank motorists for their patience during this busy part of the upgrade.

FEB 2021

FEB 2021Baird St traffic light installation

Work to install a new set of traffic lights and a dedicated right turn lane has commence at the intersection of Newell Highway and Baird Street in Dubbo.

View the media release for more information.

FEB 2020

FEB 2020Consultation Report is now available

Transport for NSW invited the community and stakeholders to view the proposed design for the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade from Monday 27 May 2019 until Friday 28 June 2019. During this time, Transport for NSW received a total of 107 responses to the design.

The Building a better Dubbo 2019 Consultation Report (PDF, 8.25Mb) is available to view or download. The report provides a summary of all suggestions, issues and concerns raised by the community and stakeholders in submissions to the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade, as well as Transport for NSW's responses.

NOV 2019

NOV 2019Modified design

The NSW Government has modified the design for the intersection at Baird Street and the Newell Highway after listening to the Dubbo community.

During the consultation process, Transport for NSW was made aware that restricting right turns around the intersection at Baird Street and the Newell Highway would impact commuters, residents and local businesses.

Based on the feedback, the NSW Government modified the design of the upgrade to include traffic lights, allowing a right hand turn onto Baird Street for vehicles travelling north on the highway.

Newell Highway traffic will also be able to turn right onto Baird Street to travel towards West Dubbo.

The installation of traffic lights at Baird Street will be part of the broader project to remove the roundabout at the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection and install traffic lights.

See the movie file and image of the intersection design changes below.

Project information

This critical upgrade will reduce congestion at this busy intersection for locals and for traffic travelling through Dubbo. The Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway are part of the National Land Transport Network - an essential link for businesses and industries connecting major cities and regions. These routes are a vital part of the road network through Dubbo and the surrounding region.

During early development of the project, businesses and residents on each leg of the roundabout were consulted with and advised that the project was being developed. Consultation with stakeholders and businesses started in 2018. Once a more detailed design of the upgrade was complete, the project team met with stakeholders in 2019 and these meetings are continuing.

Transport for NSW is committed to keeping the community informed throughout the development of the project and will continue to meet with stakeholders near the project.

The Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade includes the following features:

  • Traffic lights will replace the existing roundabout
  • New pedestrian crossings on all four sides of the intersection, with foot ramps to improve wheelchair and pram access
  • Intersection widening to allow for increasing traffic volumes
  • Additional merge lane that minimises parking loss at Victoria Street shops
  • Relocation of underground utilities and overhead power
  • Safer turn paths for road trains (up to 36.5m long)
  • New stormwater system to improve drainage in a high rainfall event.

Utility relocation, drainage upgrades and concreting works (including footpaths) are nearing completion.

Works to remove the existing roundabout have commenced, with temporary traffic signals to be utilised until permanent structures are in place.

As a direct result of community feedback, the Newell Highway and Baird Street intersection is also receiving an upgrade to include a set of traffic lights and a designated right turn lane.

We are committed to keeping the community and stakeholders informed as the project progresses.

The project is expected to open to traffic late 2021, weather permitting.

View the proposed Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade.

View the proposed Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade.

Project documents

Media releases

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9 August 2021

Home stretch for Newell and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade

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Community information

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October 2021 project notification

Night work and detours at the Newell Highway Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade in Dubbo, from Sunday 10 October

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September 2021 project notification

Continuing work at the intersection of the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway in Dubbo from Friday 17 September.

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August 2021 project notification

Changed traffic conditions at the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection in Dubbo from Friday 13 August 2021.

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July 2021 project notification

Changed traffic conditions at the Newell Highway and Baird Street intersection in Dubbo from Wednesday 21 July 2021.

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June 2021 project notification

Changed traffic conditions on Newell Highway intersection with Mitchell Highway in Dubbo from Tuesday 22 June 2021.

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June 2021 project update

Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade.

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May 2021 project notification

Changed traffic conditions at the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection, Dubbo from Tuesday 18 May

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May 2021 project notification

Changed traffic conditions on the Mitchell Highway including the LH Ford Bridge in Dubbo on Tuesday 11 May 2021

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April 2021 project notification

Changed traffic conditions at the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection, Dubbo from Thursday 15 April 2021 to carry out pavement investigation and upgrade work.

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April 2021 project notification

Detour arrangements on the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection from Thursday 15 April 2021.

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September 2020 project notification

Closure of Baird Street at the Newell Highway intersection, from Monday 7 September for approximately five days.

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September 2020 project notification

Changed traffic conditions on the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway, near the intersection, from Sunday 6 September for night time drainage work.

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August 2020 project notification

Watermain relocations on the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway, Dubbo from Monday 10 August.

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July 2020 project notification

Drainage work on the Newell Highway near Elizabeth Street and Elizabeth Lane, Dubbo from Monday 3 August.

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July 2020 project notification

Retaining wall upgrade on the Newell Highway, Dubbo from Wednesday 29 July.

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July 2020 project notification

Utility relocation on the Mitchell Highway and Newell Highway, Dubbo from Sunday 19 July.

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June 2020 project notification

Slip lane closure at Mitchell Highway and Newell Highway intersection, Dubbo from Friday 26 June.

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May 2020 project notification

Utility relocation at Newell Highway and Baird Street intersection, Dubbo from Monday 18 May.

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May 2020 project notification

Road closures at Mitchell Highway and Stonehaven Avenue; Beni Street intersections; Dubbo from Monday 18 May.

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April 2020 project notification

Utility relocation at Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection, Dubbo from Monday 4 May.

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April 2020 project notification

Subscribe for updates on the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade.

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Building a better Dubbo 2019 Consultation Report

Report includes a summary of issues raised and Transport for NSW responses.

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November 2019 Stakeholder letter

Baird Street intersection redesigned, based on community feedback.

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May 2019 community update

Building a better Dubbo - Road work, that works for you.

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May 2019 project poster

Building a better Dubbo - Road work, that works for you.

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February 2020 frequently asked questions

Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade.

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2019 project poster

Know the facts.

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Reports

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April 2019 review of environmental factors report

Newell and Mitchell Highways Intersection Upgrade main report.

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April 2019 review of environmental factors report

Appendices A, B, C & E.

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April 2019 review of environmental factors report

Appendix D - Part 1.

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April 2019 review of environmental factors report

Appendix D - Part 2.

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April 2019 review of environmental factors report

Appendix D - Part 3.

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