Work on a southbound overtaking lane extension on the Newell Highway, about 26 kilometres south of Coonabarabran, started on 21 July 2020 and will take about five months to complete.

Project information

Transport for NSW have partnered with BMD and AECOM to form the Newell Highway Program Alliance.

The strategic partnership will deliver about 30 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 a minimum of 45 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 25 minutes of travel time savings along the length of the Newell Highway from the Victorian to the Queensland border.

Work on a southbound overtaking lane extension on the Newell Highway at Redbank, 26 kilometres south of Coonabarabran, started on 21 July 2020.

The overtaking lane is expected to take about five months to complete.


Once the overtaking lane is completed, road users on this section of the Newell Highway will experience an increase in road capacity and increased overtaking opportunities.

Other benefits of the project include:

  • improved safety for all road users
  • reduced travel times
  • more accurate travel planning
  • improved freight efficiency.

Motorists are advised that changed traffic conditions apply at all Newell Highway overtaking lane construction sites for the safety of workers and motorists. This includes a reduced speed limit of 40km/h and 60km/h during work hours and a reduced limit of 80km/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 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.

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July 2020 project notification

Work to start on extending the overtaking lane on Newell Highway, south of Coonabarabran, from Tuesday 21 July 2020.



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