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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.


View or download a larger version of the Parkes Bypass Detailed Design (JPG, 1.18Mb).

Latest news

JUL 2021

JUL 2021Focus on local links in countdown to Parkes Bypass

Planning for the $187.2 million Parkes Bypass is powering ahead, with the opening of a new local road and a change in the speed zone on Henry Parkes Way soon to take effect.

View or download the 22 July media release.

JUL 2021

JUL 2021The story behind Ross Road

Ross Road – the third local road package delivered as part of the Parkes Bypass early works - was officially opened in July 2021 in partnership with Parkes Shire Council and is named after Henry Clyde Ross whose family have lived in the Shallow Rush area since 1896.

The Ross family name dates back to the original settlement in Parkes prior to the gold rush era.

Henry was a contract plough operator as well as a handyman on most farms in the district. He and his wife Barbara resided in the Shallow Rush area most of their lives. Henry championed affordable housing for the area, leading by example by acquiring and relocating a disused school building onto his block to use as his own home. Many others followed his lead building their own minimum cost residences on the old mining leases in the area. Henry also helped many of these families either obtain, relocate or construct their homes.

JUN 2021

JUN 2021Media release

View the 2 June 2021 media release 12Km of fencing, 12,000T of concrete for next stage of bypass build.

MAR 2021

MAR 2021Tenders invited for the Parkes Bypass

Work on the Parkes Bypass is a step closer with tenders called today for a major construction partner to build the Australian and New South Wales Government-funded, $187.2 million project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the call for tenders would be open for eight weeks to allow the best proposals to come forward.

"We know how important this bypass will be for the community at Parkes and for the thousands of vehicles that travel along the Newell Highway everyday - that is why we have committed $149.7 million of Commonwealth funding," the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Tenders invited for the Parkes Bypass

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.

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Project documents


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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

June 2021 Community notification

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

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


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

July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

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

July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix D - Traffic and transport assessment (October 2018)

July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

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

July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix F - Socio-economic assessment (October 2018)

July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix G - Biodiversity assessment report (October 2018)

July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

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

July 2019 - Review of Environmental Factors Report

Appendix I - Preliminary site investigation (October 2018)


Media releases

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22 July 2021

Focus on local links in countdown to Parkes Bypass

2 June 2021

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

15 April 2021

Local contractors called to help build Parkes Bypass

18 March 2021

Tenders invited for the Parkes Bypass

2 September 2020

Early work to power the Parkes Bypass

14 February 2020

Community shapes Parkes Bypass

26 June 2019

Have your say on proposed Parkes bypass



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Phone: 1800 741 636 (option 4)


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

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