Dubbo road projects

Five road infrastructure improvement projects are in planning for Dubbo.

The community will benefit with these projects providing improved travel times and better safety and connectivity.

The projects are:


Newell Highway Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade

  • Cost: $20 million
  • Description: Upgrade of the existing roundabout to a signalised intersection.
  • Benefits:
    • provide a highway intersection that allows safe and efficient movement of heavy vehicles up to 36.5m to the north, south and west
    • reduce congestion and travel times
    • improve safety by reducing conflict between local and through traffic and between vehicles and pedestrians and cyclists
  • What we are doing:
    • Upgrade the intersection of the Mitchell Highway and Newell Highway in Dubbo to improve traffic efficiency and road safety
  • How we are doing it:
    • installing traffic lights to improve traffic flow
    • intersection widening to accommodate additional right turn traffic movements
    • providing safe pedestrian access
    • relocate underground service utilities and overhead power.
  • When we are doing it:
    • late 2018/early 2019 – utility relocations
    • early/mid 2019 – commence construction
    • 2020 – construction completed.

New Dubbo Bridge

  • Cost: $140 million
  • Description:
    The project involves building a third high level river crossing in Dubbo. The River Street option has been announced as the preferred option.
  • Benefits:
    • improve freight efficiency
    • improved flood immunity for the Newell Highway and local traffic
    • reduce congestion within Dubbo.
  • What we are doing:
    The project will provide a third river crossing in Dubbo that will improve freight efficiency and productivity for the Newell Highway and local road users, through Dubbo.
  • How we are doing it:
    The River Street option would 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.
  • When we are doing it:
    • 2018 - design development and planning
    • Mid 2019 - display of Review of Environmental Factors and concept design
    • 2021 - display of detailed design
    • 2022 - commence construction.
  • More information: See the New Dubbo Bridge project page.

Newell Highway upgrade West Dubbo

  • Cost: $11 million
  • Description:
    The project will upgrade the existing Newell Highway between Golf Links Road and Baird Street to a heavy duty pavement.
  • Benefits:
    • improve road user safety for all road users
    • increase efficiency of the road network
    • reduce maintenance costs
    • reduce long term inconvenience to local residents and commercial businesses from rough road surface traffic noise and maintenance activities.
  • What are we doing:
    Upgrading the existing road to heavy duty pavement on the Newell Highway (Whylandra St) from Golf Links Creek to 100m south of Baird St.
  • How are we doing it:
    Works will be delivered in three stages - utility relocations and two stages of road works. The delivery of this project has flexibility to change and best fit with other projects delivered by Roads and Maritime.
  • When are we doing it:
    • June 2017 to July 2018 - utility relocations
    • February to May 2019 - pavement works Stage 1
    • February to May 2020 - pavement works Stage 2

Mitchell Highway (Cobra Street) and Fitzroy Street intersection upgrade

  • Cost: $14 million
  • Description:
    Upgrade of the existing roundabout to a signalised intersection.
  • Benefits:
    The aim of the intersection upgrade is to provide additional lanes for the intersection approach and departure. A signalised intersection will be constructed to:
    • improve motorist, pedestrian and cyclist safety
    • improve traffic efficiency
    • reduce congestion for highway and local traffic, particularly during peak hours.
  • What we are doing:
    Upgrade the intersection of Cobra and Fitzroy streets in Dubbo to improve traffic efficiency and road safety.
  • How we are doing it:
    • intersection widening to accommodate left and right turn traffic movements
    • providing safe pedestrian facilities
    • upgrade the road within the intersection area
    • relocate underground service utilities and overhead power.
  • When we are we doing it:
    • 2018 – planning and development
    • 2019 – 1st quarter - finalisation of development and early works
    • Mid 2019 – commence construction
    • 2020 1st quarter – project completion.

LH Ford Bridge strengthening

  • Cost: $10 million
  • Description:
    The LH Ford Bridge is a 613m long reinforced concrete bridge which was first opened to the public in 1969. At the time the bridge was the fourth longest highway bridge in NSW. The bridge is nearly 50 years old and needs significant maintenance work in order to maintain the design life of this important bridge.
  • Benefits:
    • increase the life of LH Ford Bridge
    • improve safety for all road users
    • increase efficiency of the road network
    • reduce maintenance costs.
  • What we are doing:
    The project involves the construction of two new piers within the Macquarie River to support the drop in span.
  • How we are doing it:
    • building two new piers, one either side of the river
    • repair cracking in the concrete next to the bridge bearings
    • stop further long term movements in the waterway span
    • upgrade the bridge to take Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles.
  • When we are doing it:
    • June 2018 - advertise tender
    • September 2018 - award tender
    • October 2018 - construction commence
    • End 2019 - completion.

    Please view or download the LH Ford Bridge review of environmental factors

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