Bolivia Hill - New England Highway

The Australian and NSW governments have committed funding to build the Bolivia Hill upgrade.

Bolivia Hill - New England Highway - Artist's impression
Bolivia Hill - New England Highway - Artist's impression

Updates and announcements

Traffic delays

From Monday 3 December 2018, work will start to stabilise the eastern slope of the highway in preparation for a major excavation of the slope in the New Year. To stabilise the slope a number of boulders have to be removed. For the safety of motorists traffic will be stopped during their removal.

View the November 2018 project notification (PDF, 230Kb) for more information.

Work continues on site

Early work activities are continuing with clearing and installing access tracks. Motorists are also advised of intermittent traffic changes over the next few months to allow a number of activities to take place along the highway.

Work will also be carried out to widen the intersection of Pyes Creek Road to improve safety for workers turning in an out of the road during construction. Access to all properties along this section of highway will still be available during this time.

The speed limit within the work zone will be reduced to 40km/h while the work is being carried out and motorists are advised to follow the direction of traffic controllers and lights in place.

Work hours

Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday.

Nearby residents will be advised of any construction work outside normal working hours as soon as possible.

Traffic map

Project video



Project background

The preferred route for the upgrade of Bolivia Hill was confirmed in February 2014. You can view or download the Bolivia Hill Preferred Route Option Report.

The preferred route for the Bolivia Hill upgrade will:

  • Improve road safety
  • Improve road transport productivity, efficiency and reliability of travel
  • Minimise the impact on the natural, cultural and built environment
  • Provide value for money.

Bolivia Wattle seed collection

Seedlings of the rare and endangered Bolivia Hill Wattle have been collected and delivered to Mount Annan Botanic Gardens for preservation. The unique wattle was identified during the review of environmental factors for the planned upgrade of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill.

The discovery provided an opportunity for Roads and Maritime Services to work with the local community to gather and store seeds. Five people from the Inverell Aboriginal Men’s Group were trained to monitor the wattle to ensure the seeds were suitable for collection and then later, planting.

The wattle is unique to the area, growing only between Bolivia Hill and Glen Innes and Tenterfield, so it’s important to preserve it for future generations.

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