Prioritising Safety on the Newell Highway

18 November 2019

Safety will be boosted along the Newell Highway with a package of upgrades to be delivered along a two kilometre section of road between Coonabarabran and Narrabri.

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Infrastructure Chris Gulaptis said the NSW Government provided $2.44 million through the Saving Lives on Country Roads program to carry out safety improvements.

“The Nationals in Government are committed to improving safety along regional roads to ensure motorists get home to their friends and families sooner and safer,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“As part of these upgrades, we will see a wide centreline installed, road shoulders widened, and flexible barriers installed along the edge of the road to reduce the number and severity of crashes."

“The final step will be installing rumble strips along the road to alert drivers when they are drifting from their lane."

“The upgrade will aim to ensure everyone who sets off on a journey returns home safely.”

Work will start on Monday 18 November and take around three months to complete, weather permitting, and will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and between 7am and 6pm on Saturdays.

Changed traffic conditions will be in place during work hours including lane closures and reduced speed limit of 40km/h for the safety of workers and motorists.

Motorists should plan ahead, allow up to 10 minutes of extra travel time and follow the direction of traffic control and all signs.

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