After more than 50 years of ongoing construction and the creation of an estimated 80,000 jobs in NSW, Roads and Maritime Services has completed the duplication of the Hume Highway.
Linking the nation's two largest state capitals, the Hume Highway is arguably Australia's most significant major highway. With the opening of the Holbrook bypass in August 2013, the route completes the transformation from its dirt track origins into a modern four lane dual carriageway highway.
Stretching a distance of more than 800 kilometres, the completed highway provides a safer and more efficient trip for travellers and road freight between Sydney and Melbourne. The construction of 26 major bypasses in NSW has removed large trucks from local roads and towns, reducing noise and other traffic impacts on local communities.
Since 1974 the upgrade of the Hume Highway has been funded by the Federal Government.