Aerial view of Barton Highway

Barton Highway

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.

This work will improve road safety while enhancing tourism, driving economic growth and creating vibrant regional spaces.

A further $100 million has been committed by the Australian Government, pending further planning.

Latest news

JUN 2020

JUN 2020Murrumbateman village safety improvements

Pedestrian and cyclist safety improvement work is set to begin in Murrumbateman village next month. A community update (PDF, 770Kb) is now available which provides an overview of these changes, including upgrading existing footpaths, installing pedestrian safety fences, improving traffic flow through Jones Park rest area and upgrading the entrance to the recreational grounds. The work is expected to start mid-July and be completed within three months.

MAY 2020

MAY 2020Autumn community update is out now

As we move closer to the duplication of the Barton Highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman, we have been busy finalising a number of plans and processes.

See the Autumn community update (PDF,785Kb) to find out how we’re working to build you the best Barton possible.

APR 2020

APR 2020New electronic messaging to improve safety on Barton Highway

Electronic message boards and closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) will be installed on the Barton Highway and Yass Valley Way as part of the Barton Highway upgrade, making journeys safer and more reliable.

The permanent electronic message boards will advise road users of changed traffic conditions in real time to ensure more reliable travel and provide fog detection warnings to help road users adapt to weather conditions.

The CCTV cameras will also play a pivotal role when duplication work starts from the ACT border towards Yass as they will feed changed traffic conditions back, allowing Live Traffic and electronic message boards to be updated quickly.

Work will start to install the new electronic message boards and CCTV systems from 30 April, 2020 and is expected to take about two months to complete, weather permitting.

For more information view the April 2020 project notification (PDF, 141Kb).

Project information

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.

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.

The first stage of duplication is moving closer to construction, with work 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

For more information view the project documents page.

Transport for NSW takes its responsibility to the environment and legislation seriously.

A review of environmental factors (REF) was on display for community feedback from Monday 24 February to Friday 27 March 2020. An REF assesses the impact of construction activity on natural and cultural heritage within the project area.

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.

Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback or came to discuss the report at our information sessions at Yass and Murrumbateman. The feedback period is now closed.

In response to submissions, Transport for NSW has revised the proposed intersection configuration at Kaveneys Road to allow a right turn into Kaveneys Road.

View the review of environmental factors (PDF, 16.7Mb).

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 currently carrying out a number of safety improvements, including:

  • placing electronic message boards along the Barton Highway and Yass Valley Way to inform road users of changed traffic conditions and provide fog weather warnings to motorists
  • upgrading the Gooda Creek Road and Vallencia Drive intersections to relieve congestion and improve access on and off the highway

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.

Our design highlights potential changes to bus stop locations including:

  • 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.

In 2016 the Australian Government committed $50 million to the Barton Highway under the Infrastructure Investment Program. This commitment included funding for a business case to recommend staging and costings for full duplication of the highway.

Transport for NSW has developed this business case for the Australian Government, in collaboration with Yass Valley Council who provided oversight and strategic direction and ensured the local community’s views were represented.

The business case identifies a staged approach to delivery as the most cost effective option for the highway’s current and future capacity requirements between the ACT-NSW border and Murrumbateman. The staged approach to duplication will support current and future traffic demands through the delivery of safety improvements and increased capacity.

View the Barton Highway duplication business case (PDF, 1Mb).

Transport for NSW called for registrations of interest from industry to design and construct the initial length of duplication on 28 October 2019.

Transport for NSW is currently in the Request for Proposal stage of the procurement, and a contractor will be appointed shortly.

It is hoped duplication of the Barton Highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman will start later this year.

Transport for NSW 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.

If you would like to be included in an email distribution group to receive information, please email

Barton Highway upgrade status map
Barton Highway upgrade status map
Barton Highway upgrade overview map
Barton Highway upgrade overview map

Project documents


Contact us

For more information about this project contact our project team:

Phone: 1800 931 250 (toll free)


Mail: Transport for NSW, PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 

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