Newell Highway upgrade Mungle Back Creek to Boggabilla

The Australian and NSW governments have committed funding to plan for the upgrade of the Newell Highway between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla.

This will improve safety for motorists and reduce future maintenance requirements.
The project includes planning for up to 28 kilometres of new road pavement, 3.5 metre wide lanes in each direction, intersection improvements, widening of road shoulders and provision of two new overtaking lanes.

Updates and announcements

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) (PDF, 104Mb) for the project was completed and displayed to enable the community to view and provide comment, with the display period closing 28 March 2017. All comments received during this period have been considered and a submissions report now prepared.

Key issues raised and responded to in the report included property access intersections, road building material supply, concerns with the condition of the road surface outside of the project area and water licensing requirements.

View or download the submissions report (PDF, 65Mb).

Project benefits

  • Increase travel reliability between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla
  • Reduce travel times and the cost of maintenancealong the Newell Highway
  • Improve road safety for road users
  • Provide a heavy duty pavement to meet the existing and future freight needs along this section of the  Newell
  • Improve the Newell Highway flood immunity where feasible and reasonable
  • Support regional and local economic development.

Project features

The upgrade of the Newell highway between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla would include:

  • provide a heavy duty pavement
  • widen the existing highway or construct a new two lane highway adjacent to the existing highway
  • provide dedicated overtaking lanes
  • upgrade intersections
  • improve access to private property
  • provide road delineation, sign posting and roadside furniture
  • upgrade drainage to improve the Newell Highway flood immunity when feasible and reasonable
  • provide water supply infrastructure to help build and maintain the proposal.

Project objectives

The proposal 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 the safety of the Newell Highway
  • improve freight efficiency.

Other supporting objectives are to:

  • ensure route development meets the standards required of the National Land Transport Network
  • 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 timeand vehicle operating costs
  • ensure that all potential impacts of the proposal on the local community are assessed and appropriate mitigation measures are developed
  • ensure broad road safety objectives are met by reducing the crash rate along the Newell Highway
  • ensure an adequate level of service for existing and predicted traffic volumes
  • ensure route development minimises the impact on environmentally sensitive areas andthat 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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