New Dubbo Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services is planning for a new bridge across the Macquarie River in Dubbo.

A new bridge would improve freight efficiency on the Newell Highway, reduce traffic congestion and provide an alternative route during flooding events and maintenance work on existing bridges.

Aerial view of the existing Macquarie River crossings in Dubbo

Updates and announcements

January 2019

The NSW Government is providing $140 million to build a new bridge and provide a third river crossing in Dubbo.

Roads and Maritime Services is planning for a new Dubbo Bridge and has identified River Street as the preferred option. The River Street option is proposed to continue from Thompson Street, near the Newell Highway, along a new road and follow the western river bank travelling north. It would then cross the river to connect to the Newell Highway near River Street in north Dubbo. 

The preferred route has been selected to improve freight efficiency on the Newell Highway, reduce traffic congestion and provide an alternative route during flood events.

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

A key benefit of the River Street option is improved connectivity in and around Dubbo, ensuring traffic moves efficiently now and into the future. The project will also alleviate significant disruptions in Dubbo during a major flood when the Emile Serisier Bridge is under water and unable to be used.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime is planning to publically display and invite feedback on the concept design for the proposed bypass route and environmental assessment documents (REF) in 2019. After all community and stakeholder submissions are considered, the project will progess to detailed design stage. Subject to funding, the time from this stage to construction is expected to be around three years.

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