The Newell Highway Program Alliance (NHPA) will commence the construction of a new pair of overtaking lanes and safety improvement work, 20 kilometres south of Forbes in June 2021.
The project will take about eighteen months to complete, weather permitting.
Transport for NSW has partnered with BMD and AECOM to form the Newell Highway Program Alliance.
The strategic partnership will deliver about 40 additional overtaking lanes in an estimated four years rather than the likely eight years it would take to fund and deliver this work using traditional procurement methods.
This innovative delivery mode will result in a minimum of 60 kilometres of new overtaking lanes to improve safety, reduce travel times, allow more accurate travel planning and improve freight efficiency.
The new overtaking lanes are expected to provide around 33 minutes of travel time savings along the length of the Newell Highway from the Victorian to the Queensland border.
The Australian Government has approved $76.54 million for safety improvement works to be carried out next to seven of the overtaking lane projects.
The work includes widening the road shoulders and centreline, and installing rumble strips along the highway.
The project commenced in June 2021 and is expected to take six months to complete.
The benefits of the project include:
- Improved safety for motorists and road users
- Reduced travel times
- More accurate travel planning
- Improved freight efficiency.
In response to recent restrictions and for the safety of staff, contractors and the community, work is being carried out on a two-week rotating roster.
This measure enables work on the overtaking lane sites to continue during this unprecedented time and continue to help support regional economies.
Workdays and hours are:
- Tuesday to Friday: 7am - 6pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 6pm
- Monday to Thursday: 7am to 6pm
- Friday to Monday: no work.
Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions including a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h and 60 km/h during work hours and reduced speed limit of 80 km/h after hours, which may affect travel times.
All motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.
For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit the Live Traffic NSW website or download the Live Traffic NSW App.
The project team will keep the community regularly informed as the work progresses.
Thank you for your understanding while we complete this important work.