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Newell Highway Program Alliance

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JUL 2021

JUL 2021Alleena safety improvement work has commenced

The Newell Highway Program Alliance is continuing to install safety improvements at six locations along the highway. Alleena is the sixth location to commence. Read more on the Alleena project page.

JUN 2021

JUN 2021Redbank safety improvement work has commenced

The Newell Highway Program Alliance is continuing to install safety improvements at six locations along the highway. Redbank is the second location to commence. Read more here on the Redbank page.

Project information

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 mode of delivery will result in the construction of a minimum of 60 kilometres of new overtaking lanes to improve safety, reduce travel times, allow more accurate travel planning and improve freight productivity.

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 border to the Queensland border.

The Australian Government has approved an additional $59.5 million under Tranche 1 of the Road Safety Program for safety improvement work to be carried out adjacent to seven of the overtaking lane projects.

The work includes widening the shoulders and centreline, and installing audio-tactile linemarking on the edges and centre of the road.

Program Alliance projects

Safety improvement work, up to 20 kilometres south of West Wyalong, started in July 2021. The project will take approximately six months to complete, weather permitting.

Visit the Alleena project page for more information.

Safety improvement work, six kilometres north of Tocumwal, will commence on 16 June.

The project will take about six months to complete, weather permitting.

Visit the Tocumwal to Finley project page for more information.

A new pair of overtaking lanes and safety improvement work, 20 kilometres south of Forbes, will commence on 19 June 2021.

The project will take about six months to complete, weather permitting.

Visit the Gullifers Road project page for more information.

Work on new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes near Landervale Road, about 21 kilometres south of Ardlethan, started in November 2020.

The project will take about seven months to complete, weather permitting.

Visit the Landervale Road project page for more information.

Work on the new northbound and southbound overtaking lane, near Firetail Rest Area, about six kilometres north of Grong Grong, started on Wednesday 4 November 2020.

The project will take about seven months to complete, weather permitting.

Visit the Firetail project page for more information.

Work on a southbound overtaking lane extension on the Newell Highway, about 26 kilometres south of Coonabarabran, started on 21 July 2020 and was completed on 26 February 2021.

Safety improvement work will commence in early May 2021.

Visit the Redbank project page for more information.

The upgrade involved the extension of the northbound overtaking lane about five kilometres north of Parkes.

Work on the Coobang overtaking lane started on 7 July 2020 and was completed on Thursday 10 December 2020.

Visit the Coobang project page for more information.

The upgrade involved the extension of the existing northbound overtaking lane by about 1.4 kilometres at the bottom of Tap Hill near O'Conners Road, 44 kilometres north of Gilgandra as well as constructing a new one kilometre northbound overtaking lane to close the gap between the existing overtaking lanes at the top of Tap Hill.

Visit the Tap Hill project page for more information.

The upgrade involved the delivery of a new northbound overtaking lane, near Chinamans Road, about six kilometres north of Tocumwal.

Work on the Chinamans Road overtaking lane started on Monday 18 May 2020 and was completed on Tuesday 24 November 2020.

Visit the Chinamans Road project page for more information.

The upgrade involved the delivery of new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes at Pilliga, about 15 kilometres north of Coonabarabran.

Work on the overtaking lanes started on 15 April 2020 and was completed on 2 December 2020.

Visit the Pilliga project page for more information.

The upgrade involved the delivery of one southbound overtaking lane, four kilometres south of Finley.

Visit the Fullers Road project page for more information.

The upgrade involved the delivery of one overtaking lane southbound, four kilometres south of Peak Hill.

Work on the Peak Hill overtaking lane started on 28 January 2020 and was completed on 14 June 2020.

Visit the Peak Hill project page for more information.

The upgrade involved the delivery of one overtaking lane northbound, 15 kilometres north of Parkes.

Work on the Telescope overtaking lane started on 9 December 2019 and was completed on Friday 17 April 2020.

Visit the Telescope project page for more information.

The upgrades involved the delivery of two overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound, 38 kilometres north of Jerilderie.

Visit the Bundure project page for more information.

The upgrades involved the delivery of two overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound, 26 kilometres south of Forbes.

Work on the overtaking lane started on 5 August and was completed on 28 February 2020.

Visit the Bundaburrah project page for more information.

The upgrades involved the delivery of one overtaking lane southbound through Medway Creek, 18 kilometres north of Dubbo.

Initial work on this overtaking lane started on 8 July and was completed on 6 December 2019.

Visit the Medway project page for more information.

The upgrades involved the delivery of two overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound, six kilometres south of Gilgandra.

Initial work on these overtaking lanes started in May 2019 and was completed on 17 December 2019.

Visit the Marthaguy project page for more information.

The upgrades involved the delivery of two overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound, 10 kilometres north of Gilgandra.

Initial work on these overtaking lanes started in March 2019 and  was completed on 29 November 2019.

Visit the Dustys Creek project page for more information.

Transport for NSW will keep the community informed as projects progress.

Project documents

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20 July 2021

Funding boost delivers wider, safer Newell Highway

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13 May 2021

Call out for local businesses to deliver next stage of Newell transformation

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22 March 2021

More Newell Highway overtaking lanes opened at Coobang and Redbank

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26 November 2020

Tocumwal locals deliver latest overtaking lane on Newell Highway

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26 November 2020

Tocumwal locals deliver latest overtaking lane on Newell Highway

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16 October 2020

Locals to help build Newell Highway overtaking lanes

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28 September 2020

Pilliga overtaking lanes support 133 jobs

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8 July 2020

Overtaking lane doubles to cut travel time

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5 June 2020

Locals to help build Newell overtaking lanes

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21 May 2020

Technology leads Newell Highway project

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19 May 2020

Newell Highway overtaking lanes on a fast track

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28 April 2020

Help us build overtaking lanes on the Newell Highway

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21 April 2020

Highway overtaking lanes in Telescope's sight

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5 March 2020

Overtaking lanes at Bundaburrah now open

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27 February 2020

Finley a fine place for Newell overtaking lane

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9 December 2019

Newell Highway overtaking lanes power ahead

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6 December 2019

Telescope, Peak Hill, next to benefit from Newell works

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6 December 2019

Newell Highway overtaking lanes info sessions

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7 November 2019

Newell Highway overtaking lanes for Jerilderie

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30 October 2019

Get involved in Newell overtaking lanes

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26 August 2019

Bundaburrah overtaking lanes take off

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27 June 2019

Newell overtaking lanes at Marthaguy

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30 January 2019

Additional overtaking lanes make overtaking on Newell Highway safer

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