Newell Highway safety improvements at Gillenbah

27 August 2013

Newell Highway safety improvements at Gillenbah

Work will start next month to improve safety for all road users on the Newell Highway at Gillenbah.

“The NSW and Australian governments have provided $3.3 million to improve safety for heavy vehicle operators, motorists and pedestrians along this section of the Newell Highway,” a Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokesperson said.

“Upgrade work will be carried out to improve safety at existing rest facilities and an 800 metre section of the highway, about two kilometres south of Narrandera.

“This section of highway is used by thousands of motorists, tourists and heavy vehicles every year as an informal place to stop.

“Access in and out of the service station will be improved with turning lanes for east and westbound motorists to be built.

“Work along the highway will also involve road resurfacing, shoulder widening and improved access to properties, improved kerb and guttering, line marking and signs, the installation of street lighting, a footpath and a pedestrian refuge.

“Once the upgrade is completed the existing 70km/h speed limit will be reduced to 60km/h.

“As part of the upgrade, RMS carried out a review of environmental factors which identified four trees which needed to be removed to allow for work to be carried out.

“Work will start next month to remove and relocate utilities and remove the four trees.

“RMS has planted several native trees nearby to offset the loss of native vegetation. 

“Nest boxes have also been placed in existing trees near the upgrade area to provide wildlife such as possums, gliders, owls, cockatoos and parrots with a place to rest, keep warm and breed.

“Supporting the natural environment was one of RMS’ priorities during the planning stages of this project.

“The work is an example of RMS’ commitment to improving regional highways in western NSW and is part of Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Productivity Plan,” the spokesperson said. 

Changed traffic conditions will be in place from mid-September with a reduced speed limit and lane closures in place on weekdays from 7am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm where necessary.

Work is expected to be completed by March 2014.

Wet weather may change work dates and times.

Traffic control and reduced speed limits will be in place to ensure the safety of workers and road users.

Motorists are advised to plan their journey, allow extra travel time and follow all signs.

For the latest traffic information, visit, download Live Traffic NSW for iPhone® and iPad from the App StoreTM, download Live Traffic NSW for AndroidTM from Google Play, or call 132 701.

Contact: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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