Mitchell Highway

Mitchell Highway safety upgrade - Bathurst to Orange

The NSW Government has provided $50 million over five years from 2018 to 2022 to plan and deliver road upgrades to improve safety on the Mitchell Highway under the Safer Roads Program. The road from Bathurst to Orange sees around 10,000 traffic movements a day, and has a history of road crashes. In order to reduce road trauma, the NSW Government is installing proven life-saving solutions at various locations along the Mitchell highway, including safety barriers, rumble strips and widened roads.

Diagram of all projects on the Mitchell Highway from Bathurst to Orange

Project information

Transport for NSW is delivering safety improvements for the Mitchell Highway, between Bathurst and Orange.

The NSW Government is investing $50 million to improve safety for road users and reduce the risk of crashes along the 50 kilometre section of the highway.

We are seeking feedback on your experiences travelling the Mitchell Highway between Bathurst and Orange, and how this experience might be improved in the future.

This feedback, along with feedback received during consultation previously carried out by Transport for NSW, will be used to give us a better understanding of customer needs to inform further improvements.

Detailed planning is currently being carried out on key sections on the Mitchell Highway between Bathurst and Orange and field investigations work is ongoing.

The NSW Government has committed $50 million to improve road safety on this vital commuter and heavy vehicle route.

The safety improvements include installing flexible safety barriers to significantly reduce the severity of head on crashes and run off road crashes, widened centrelines to reduce the likelihood of head on crashes, and rumble strips (also known as audio tactile line marking) to reduce the likelihood of head on crashes and run off road crashes at a number of locations. Read more about the benefits of safety treatments on Towards Zero Saving lives on country roads.

Further safety improvements include road widening, intersection upgrades, vegetation removal and drainage improvements throughout the project.

Consultation with directly affected residents will be carried out before proposed rumble strips will be installed along the edge lines and centreline of the road.

In the coming weeks you may see our project team carrying out field investigation work and consulting with impacted residents. This will help us investigate future improvements in the study area.

We will keep the community updated as the project progresses.

Project documents


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December 2021 notification

Detour for night work on the Mitchell Highway at Guyong from Monday, 13 December

February 2021 notification

Changed traffic conditions for night works on the Mitchell Highway between Bathurst and Orange

January 2021 notification

Controlled blasting starts on the Mitchell HIghway between Bathurst and Orange at Guyong

Controlled blasting - frequently asked questions 297Kb

Review of Environmental Factors (REF)

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October 2020 REF

Mitchell Highway East Guyong safety upgrade.

May 2020 REF

Mitchell Highway Guyong overtaking lane and safety upgrade.


Media releases

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July 2021

Reduced speed limit along Mitchell Highway near Thompson Road in Orange

February 2021

Work continues for a safer Mitchell Highway at East Guyong



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