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.

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.
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