Eurella Initial Seal Project, Cobb Highway

The Eurella Initial Seal project will seal more than 10 kilometres of the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe in the Central Darling Shire, to reduce maintenance and decrease travel disruption

Roadwork underway on the Cobb Highway at Eurella
Roadwork underway on the Cobb Highway at Eurella

Updates and announcements

November 2016

Work is progressing well on the project, despite some wet weather delays.

Culvert replacement work started on 15une 2016 and this work is now finished.  

The Eurella Initial Seal roadworks started on 10 October 2016 with the construction of the 11 kilometre side track that motorists will use while construction is underway. The construction of the side track is now finished.

Work to form up the new road will start on Monday 14 November 2016 and the side track will be open for traffic. The speed limit will be lowered to 60km/hr along the side track.

The initial seal at Eurella is expected to be complete by April 2017, weather permitting.

February 2016

The Review of Environmental Factors is available for interested parties. A copy can be accessed by emailing western.projects@rms.nsw.gov.au.

Project background

This project will improve flood immunity and provide an all-weather, more durable road surface for local residents and highway traffic. This will allow safe, efficient and more reliable journeys for travellers.

This section of the Cobb Highway currently cannot be accessed during wet weather because of the unsealed road surface. In prolonged dry periods, corrugations also become hazardous for road users. The excessive dust caused by traffic reduces visibility and also significantly impacts the health of road users.

The majority of this section of road uses causeways rather than box drains for drainage. When water flows over the causeways, the Cobb Highway is closed, stopping traffic completely and impacting local businesses and tourism.

Higher productivity vehicles like B-doubles and road trains have limited access to the road which impacts the overall efficiency of the local freight system.

These unsealed sections of the Cobb Highway also require frequent maintenance resulting in disruption to traffic. The frequent maintenance is expensive and also causes environmental degradation from sediment runoff.

Project objectives

The project will provide:

  • A new flexible road surface with a 20 year design life
  • A road surface above the level of the surrounding land so it is less impacted by wet weather.

Key features

The Eurella initial seal project will:

  • Provide an all-weather, more durable road surface to enable safe, efficient and more reliable trips for local residents and road users
  • Improve travel times and the reliability of travel during wet weather events
  • Improve liveability for local residents
  • Support economic growth and productivity for the region by improving access for freight vehicles and using local service providers where possible
  • Improve safety and security by reducing the risk of breakdowns, head on collisions and loss of control crashes
  • Significantly improve access to remote communities
  • Improve efficient routes for trucks
  • Reduce maintenance costs.

The Roadworks Contractor for the project is the Central Darling Shire Council (CDSC).

Community engagement

A Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan has been developed for this project. It describes the communication and consultation approach and activities to keep key stakeholders and the community informed during the work.

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