Route selected for new Dubbo Bridge

Friday, 2 June 2017

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today announced a preferred route has been selected for a new bridge to cross the Macquarie River at Dubbo.

The Newell Highway is an important road link for freight between Queensland and Victoria and regional centres in Western NSW.

“As Dubbo grows and traffic volumes increase, delays to local traffic and highway transport are also increasing,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“There are now around 37,500 vehicles crossing the Macquarie River every day and as Dubbo grows so are the pressures on existing crossings which is why the new bridge is needed.”

The preferred option involves a new intersection at Thompson Street and the Newell Highway, a new road along the western river bank, and a new bridge which will join the Newell Highway at River Street in north Dubbo.

Building the new Dubbo Bridge will improve freight efficiency and productivity for the Newell Highway for double road trains, B-triples and AB triples, through Dubbo.

Mr Grant said the new bridge will provide a third river crossing for the city.

“This project will ensure Dubbo has an extra flood-free river crossing and will also improve access to future development in west Dubbo.”

“The project will also reduce peak hour traffic delays currently being experienced at the Newell and Mitchell Highway intersection by upgrading the intersection from a roundabout to traffic lights,” Mr Grant said.

The River Street route was chosen by Roads and Maritime Services based on extensive community consultation and specialist studies.

Roads and Maritime will now begin work on the concept design and environmental approvals with the community and stake holders, including Dubbo Regional Council, having the opportunity to provide
feedback next year.

A number of drop in sessions are being held where the community can view the preferred option and speak with the project team and I encourage everyone to attend.

Drop in sessions will be held on

  • Saturday 3 June from 8am to 12pm at Dubbo Farmers Markets;
  • Thursday 8 June from 10am – 2pm at the Band Rotunda in Macquarie Street;
  • Wednesday 14 June from 12.30pm to 4.30pm at Dubbo City Centre;
  • Friday 23 June from 10am to 2pm at Orana Mall in front of Connor Clothing;
  • Monday 26 June from 12pm to 4pm at Orana Mall in front of Connor Clothing.

The preferred option can also be viewed at Dubbo Regional Council, Dubbo Regional Library and Western Plains Cultural Centre where it is on display until Friday 30 June.

More information on the project can be viewed at www.rms.work/dubbobridge
View the original media release.

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