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Newell Highway upgrade, Parkes Bypass

The Australian and NSW Governments are funding the $187.2 million Newell Highway upgrade, Parkes Bypass. The Bypass seeks to improve connectivity, road transport efficiency and safety for local and interstate motorists.

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Latest news

NOV 2021

NOV 2021First sod turned on $187 million Parkes Bypass

Major work officially started on the Parkes bypass today - the town’s biggest ever infrastructure project that will transform journeys along the Newell Highway and create hundreds of local jobs.

View the 15 November 2021 media release for more information.

AUG 2021

AUG 2021Contract awarded for construction of Parkes Bypass

Parkes Bypass is powering ahead, with a major contract now awarded and major construction set to start later this year. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said Georgiou Group Pty Ltd has been chosen to carry out the Australian and NSW Government’s $187.2 million project, following a competitive tender process.

View or download the 25 August media release.

Project information

Transport for NSW proposes to build a new 10.5-kilometre bypass on the western outskirts of Parkes to reduce travel time, improve freight productivity and efficiency, pedestrian access through Parkes and traffic flow.

We are delivering this work as part of the $500 million Newell Highway upgrade program to support the interstate freight industry, provide economic growth, and improve access and safety along a vital transport corridor in New South Wales.

The upgrade would involve relocating the highway about two kilometres west, between Maguire Road to the north and Barkers Road to the south - a total length of 10.5 kilometres. The bypass would remove up to 1200 trucks per day from local streets and improve safety for motorists.

The Parkes Bypass will improve:

  • Freight efficiency and productivity
  • Access for high productivity vehicles (double road trains, B-triples, AB triples) through Parkes as well as providing a link to existing road train routes to the west
  • Safety of the railway level crossings
  • Travel times at Forbes Road level crossing (near Hartigan Avenue) and the Welcome level crossing
  • Pedestrian access in Parkes particularly across Bogan Street
  • Access to the Parkes Special Activation Precinct.

The new highway west of Parkes will be about 10.5 kilometres long and key features include:

A two-lane road (one lane in each direction) with five key intersections including:

  • Two T-intersections, north and south between the existing Newell Highway and the Bypass
  • A split T-intersection at London Road
  • A four-way roundabout at Condobolin Road
  • A T-intersection with Bogan Road.

Two bridges:

  • A bridge over two rail lines and Hartigan Ave
  • A bridge over the Bypass on Victoria Street.

An extension of Hartigan Avenue (Henry Parkes Way) with intersection with Brolgan Road, Billy Mac Place and Condobolin Road.

Realignment, reconfiguration and changes to local roads including:

  • Shifting part of Moulden Street to the west
  • Maguire Road and Nock Road converted to cul-de-sacs
  • New connection between Brolgan Road and Hartigan Avenue
  • Connection between Thomas Street and Mitchell Street via the Reedsdale Road extension.

A new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists which will connect Brolgan Road, Condobolin Road and Victoria Street.

More project visualisations

View more project visualisations on the Project photos, graphics and visualisations page.

Project documents

Notifications

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June 2021 Community notification

1 June 2021 Works to commence on six high pressure gas protection concrete slabs within the Parkes Bypass corridor from Monday 21 June

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June 2021 Community notification

1 May 2021 There are changes happening in your area: Parkes Bypass boundary fencing commences Wednesday 2 June

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June 2021 Community notification

1 June 2021 Early works to commence on new local road between Brolgan Road and Hartigan Avenue from Wednesday 9 June

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Review of Environmental Factors

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March 2021 - Appendix C - Construction Noise and Vibration Assessment Report 32.1Mb
January 2021 - Addendum Review of Environmental Factors 112Mb
July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Main report

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July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix C - Landscape character and visual impact assessment, landscape concept and urban design report (October 2018)

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July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix D - Traffic and transport assessment (October 2018)

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July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix E - Operational road traffic noise and construction noise and vibration assessment report (January 2019)

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July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix F - Socio-economic assessment (October 2018)

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July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix G - Biodiversity assessment report (October 2018)

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July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix H - Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal heritage assessment report (October 2018)

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July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix I - Preliminary site investigation (October 2018)

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Media releases

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15 November 2021

First sod turned on $187 million Parkes Bypass

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25 August 2021

Contract awarded for construction of Parkes Bypass

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22 July 2021

Focus on local links in countdown to Parkes Bypass

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2 June 2021

12Km of fencing, 12,000T of concrete for next stage of bypass build

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15 April 2021

Local contractors called to help build Parkes Bypass

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18 March 2021

Tenders invited for the Parkes Bypass

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2 September 2020

Early work to power the Parkes Bypass

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14 February 2020

Community shapes Parkes Bypass

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26 June 2019

Have your say on proposed Parkes bypass

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Contact us

For more information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 741 636 (option 4)

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

Mail: Newell Highway upgrade, Parkes Bypass; PO Box 334, Parkes NSW 2870

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