The Barton Highway is an essential part of the NSW and ACT transport network, connecting communities to essential services, employment, health care, education opportunities and supporting freight movement. The upgrade aims to improve road safety, while enhancing tourism, driving economic growth and creating vibrant regional spaces.
The Barton Highway upgrade is moving closer to construction and work is continuing behind the scenes. Upgrading the highway and carrying out safety improvements will bring major benefits to road users. These improvements support regional development and provide:
- safer travel
- reduced travel times with improved transport efficiency
- more consistent and reliable travel
- safer conditions for road users and local communities
The Australian and NSW governments have provided $100 million to fund the duplication of the Barton Highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman and complete immediate safety upgrades as identified in the Barton Highway Improvement Strategy 2017.
FEB 2020Have your say on the Barton Highway upgrade
As we move towards duplication of the Barton Highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman, there are several processes to complete, one being the review of environmental factors (REF). An REF assesses the impact of construction activity on natural and cultural heritage within the project area.More information
We have identified vulnerable flora and fauna, significant cultural locations, and conducted a range of studies on the environment to best protect the area around the Barton Highway duplication zone.
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Submissions close 5pm 27 March 2020.View the review of environmental factors (PDF, 16.7Mb).
In 2017 the Australian and NSW governments announced funding to begin the duplication of the Barton Highway in NSW. Duplicating the highway will ensure safer and more reliable journeys for almost 13,000 road users who use the Barton Highway daily.
The section of highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman was identified for immediate duplication. The existing highway will become the southbound carriageway and the new lanes will be the northbound carriageway.
During detailed design we will be working with the road construction industry to maximise the length of duplication that can be delivered with the available funding.
For more information view the project documents page.
Roads and Maritime Services takes its responsibility to the environment and legislation seriously.
The review of environmental factors (REF) is almost complete and will be on display for comment in the near future.
Information kiosks will also be held in Murrumbateman and Yass, providing you with the opportunity to talk to our project team about the REF and what it means to you.
Our number one priority is keeping people safe on our roads and the Barton Highway Improvement Strategy 2017 identified a number of concerns along the corridor.
Completed safety work
To get you home safely we have reduced the likelihood of run-off road crashes by:
- completing shoulder improvement work
- upgrading signage
- adjusting line marking
- clearing vegetation
- repairing road surfaces
- improving stormwater drains.
To minimise the severity of crashes we have:
- changed conditions at the Hillview Drive intersection to allow better traffic flow and access on and off the highway
- improved bridge barriers at Gooromon Ponds Creek, Jeir Creek, Gooda Creek and McClungs Creek
- removed mature trees between Casuarina Lane and Yass Valley Way.
Upcoming safety work
We are planning to further improve safety by:
- placing electronic message boards along the Barton Highway and Yass Valley Way early in 2020 to inform road users of changed traffic conditions and provide fog weather warnings to motorists
- upgrading the Gooda Creek Road and Vallencia Drive intersections in early 2020 to relieve congestion and improve access on and off the highway. We will be consulting with the community on these intersections in the new year
We are assessing bus stop facilities in Murrumbateman as part of our commitment to improving safety for road users and communities along the Barton Highway.
A preliminary concept design highlighting potential changes to bus stop locations has been drafted and includes:
- new bus stop or interchange at Vallencia Drive
- new off-road bus stops at Euroka Avenue and Gooda Creek Road
We are collaborating on Yass Valley Council’s Active Transport plan to create an interconnected movement network that will meet the needs of Murrumbateman village into the future. An active transport hub will allow cyclists and pedestrians to easily and safely move through the village and create a vibrant, cohesive community with improved health and lifestyle outcomes. This will also attract new visitors to the village, enhancing tourism and business opportunities.
We understand the local community has identified a number of safety concerns including:
- lack of pedestrian visibility for motorists
- risk involved with people walking along the Barton Highway from Fairley Estate
- difficulties for pedestrians crossing the highway
To improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians, we have developed a concept plan that:
- extends the shared pathway from the Murrumbateman Hotel bus stop along the Barton Highway to Hercules Street to provide safe passage around the village
- involves installing a pedestrian barrier at Jones Park and modifying the existing median island to improve safety
Our project team has begun asking the Murrumbateman community to consider their pedestrian and cycling requirements so we can help build appropriate infrastructure to suit their needs into the future.
The registration of interest is the first stage of the contract process to be considered for a shortlist to tender for the construction contract.
We opened the registration of interest in October 2019, calling for industry to design and construct the duplication of the highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman.
The registration of interest encourages industry innovation to achieve the greatest distance of duplicated highway and deliver value for money outcomes, without compromising on safety.
We are expecting to award the tender in the second quarter of 2020.
Roads and Maritime is continuing discussions with landowners impacted by the Barton Highway upgrade. Property acquisition is continuing and we will contact you directly if we need to enter your property.
The project team is committed to creating a Barton Highway that will support the community now, and into the future.
We have prepared a strategic business case at the request of the Australian Government which looks at future population growth, transport needs and outlines planning priorities.
It proposes further duplication and investment based on a range of technical investigations that will best support the growth of the region.
To keep road users safe we will continue to promote safety campaigns, such as Towards Zero. Our campaigns target road safety issues such as driver fatigue and tail gating, speeding, driver distraction and roadwork safety, in cooperation with council and police.
We will work with Yass Valley Council, property owners, residents, businesses and other key stakeholders during the planning and construction process.
Your comments and suggestions are welcome. We will keep the community informed about project progress on our website and NSW Roads facebook page, by distributing newsletters and holding information kiosks in local towns.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
January 2017 Improvement strategy report
Barton Highway Improvement Strategy.
For more information about this project contact our project team:
Phone: 1800 931 250 (toll free)
Mail: Roads and Maritime Services, PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650