Dampier Street to Bass Street

The Oxley Highway is a vital link between Tamworth, Gunnedah and communities further to the west. The purpose of this upgrade is to improve road condition, safety and traffic flow.

Updates and announcements

In December 2014 the new roundabout at the intersection of Dampier Street and the Oxley Highway in West Tamworth was opened to traffic. The new roundabout has eased traffic congestion and improved the journey of motorists.

Currently (January 2015) work is continuing with the widening the Oxley Highway between Dampier Street and Cole Road. Work crews are also building a temporary access road adjacent to the highway to enable private access, and a new bus bay at Peel High School which will be completed before school resumes in late January 2015.

Project background

Roads and Maritime and Tamworth Regional Council worked together to develop a strategy to improve the condition of the road, road safety and traffic flow on a section of the Oxley Highway between Dampier and Bass streets, Tamworth.

The strategy involves the extension of Cole Road onto the Oxley Highway and the construction of a single lane roundabout at the intersection of Cole Road and the highway. In December 2014 the new roundabout at the intersection of Dampier Street and the Oxley Highway in West Tamworth was opened to traffic.



Project details

The upgrade aims to provide a smoother and safer road, with improved traffic flow on the Oxley Highway in West Tamworth between Dampier and Bass streets. This will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.

This upgrade will provide two 3.5 metre wide traffic lanes, two-metre-wide shoulders in each direction and a dedicated central lane to separate turning and through traffic. The upgrade will also include a two lane roundabout at the Oxley Highway and Dampier Street intersection and a one lane roundabout at the intersection of the Oxley Highway and Cole Road.

This upgrade will provide a reconstructed and widened road pavement resulting in a consistent road surface and renewed pavement life, including kerb and guttering to improve drainage. This upgrade will use the existing Oxley Highway corridor in this location, minimising environmental, economic and property impacts. A new bus bay will also be completed at Peel High School for the benefit of students, parents, teachers, and other road users.



Project objectives

  • Improve road safety and reduce congestion
  • Improve traffic efficiency between Dampier Street and Cole Road
  • Improve access and efficiency
  • Improve pavement condition and drainage and reduce maintenance costs
  • Minimise impacts on the social, natural and built environments.
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