Narrabri to Moree heavy duty pavement

The NSW government has committed funding to plan for the upgrade of the Newell Highway between Narrabri and Moree.

The project includes planning for up to 32 kilometres of new road pavement, intersection improvements, widening of road shoulders and provision of five new overtaking lanes. This will improve safety for motorists and reduce future maintenance requirements.

Updates and announcements

Review of Environmental Factors

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the project has been completed and is on display for community information and comment. As part of the development of the project a number of investigations have been carried out, the REF explains the methods that would be used to mitigate and manage any likely impacts identified.

Display location

The REF report is on display from 22 June to 20 July at:

  • Narrabri Shire Council, 46 – 48 Maitland Street, Narrabri.

For more information view or download the June 2018 project update (PDF,260Kb).

Project benefits

  • Increase travel reliability between Narrabri and Moree
  • Reduce travel times between Narrabri and Moree
  • Reduce the cost of maintenance along the Newell Highway
  • Reduce vehicle operating costs on the Newell Highway
  • Improve road safety for road users
  • Improve flood immunity of the Newell Highway between Narrabri and Moree

Project features

The upgraded sections of the Newell highway between Narrabri and Moree would include:

  • provide a heavy duty pavement to meet the existing and future freight needs along this section of the  Newell
  • widen the existing highway or construct a new two lane highway adjacent to the existing highway of 3.5m lanes, 2m shoulders, and 1m wide centreline cross section
  • provide new 1.5km long dedicated overtaking lanes in five locations
  • upgrade intersections and right turning lanes
  • retain or improve the 110km design speed alignments
  • improve access to private property and bus stop layouts.

Project objectives

The Primary objectives are to:

  • increase travel reliability and reduce travel times on the Newell Highway
  • reduce vehicle operating costs on the Newell Highway
  • reduce the costs of maintaining the Newell Highway
  • improve freight efficiency
  • improve the safety of the Newell Highway (reduce fatalities and serious injury crash rate)

Other supporting objectives are to:

  • provide a 40year traffic loading design
  • develop a proposal that contributes to the economic development of the region and improves transport efficiency on this section of the Newell Highway in terms of travel time and vehicle operating costs
  • ensure that all potential impacts of the proposal on the local community are assessed and appropriate mitigation measures are developed
  • ensure an adequate level of service for existing and predicted traffic volumes
  • ensure route development minimises the impact on environmentally sensitive areas and that appropriate mitigation measures are included in the proposal to manage any impact
  • ensure stakeholder involvement in all phases of the proposal development
  • ensure compatibility of the road network and the long-term land use planning for the area.

Project documents

Submissions report

September 2018

Project update

June 2018

Review of Environmental Factors - Executive Summary

June 2018

Review of Environmental Factors

June 2018

Aboriginal and historic archaeological survey report

May 2018

Biodiversity Assessment report

June 2018

Operational traffic and construction noise and vibration report

May 2018

Urban design, landscape character and visual impact assessment report

May 2018

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