Building a better Dubbo

Dubbo road projects - Building a better Dubbo - Road work, that works for you

The NSW Government is investing $195 million in five road projects to build a better Dubbo. We are working to cut down your travel time, make your roads safer and ease congestion in and around Dubbo.

Five infrastructure improvement projects that will benefit the Dubbo community

In May and June 2019, Transport for NSW invited community and stakeholder submissions for the New Dubbo Bridge Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and concept design. During this time the concept designs for the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade and the Mitchell Highway (Cobra Street) and Fitzroy Street intersection upgrade were also put on display for community and stakeholder feedback.

Transport for NSW received a total of 439 responses across the consultation period. Of this total number, 310 submissions were for the New Dubbo Bridge project.

The New Dubbo Bridge Submissions Report has been finalised and includes a summary of the submissions made during the public display which are specific to the new Dubbo Bridge, as well as Transport for NSW’s responses. The Submissions Report is now available on the project website.

Transport for NSW has also finalised the 2016/2017 New Dubbo Bridge Consultation Report which summarises consultation with the community and key stakeholders on the New Dubbo Bridge during the display of the six strategic options prior to the announcement of River Street as the preferred option. View of download the 2016/17 New Dubbo Bridge Consultation Report.

Transport for NSW received a total of 107 responses to the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade project, and 22 responses to the Mitchell Highway (Cobra Street) and Fitzroy Street intersection upgrade project.

We received a lot of community feedback in relation to the proposed changes at Baird Street. In response to stakeholder feedback, Transport for NSW reviewed its traffic modelling and examined other potential options for traffic movements around the upgraded intersection. Transport for NSW listened to the community of Dubbo and modified the design for the intersection of Baird Street and Newell Highway. This includes installing traffic lights on all four legs of the intersection of Baird Street and the Newell Highway allowing a right hand turn onto Baird Street for vehicles travelling north on the highway.

The Building a better Dubbo 2019 Consultation Report is now complete and provides a summary of all suggestions, issues and concerns raised by the community and stakeholders to the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade and the Mitchell Highway (Cobra Street) and Fitzroy Street intersection upgrade, as well as Transport for NSW’s responses. View or download the Building a Better Dubbo 2019 Consultation Report.

Dubbo projects

Projects information

  • Cost: $140 million
  • Description:
    The project involves building a third high level river crossing in Dubbo. The River Street option has been announced as the preferred option.
  • Benefits:
    • improve freight efficiency
    • improved flood immunity for the Newell Highway and local traffic
    • reduce congestion within Dubbo.
  • What we are doing:
    The project will provide a third river crossing in Dubbo that will improve freight efficiency and productivity for the Newell Highway and local road users, through Dubbo.
  • How we are doing it:
    The River Street option would continue from Thompson Street, near the Newell Highway, along a new road and follow the western river bank travelling north. It would then cross the river to connect to the Newell Highway near River Street in north Dubbo.
  • When we are doing it:
    • Display concept design and REF - mid-2019
    • New Dubbo Bridge Review of Environmental Factors (REF) Submissions Report - early 2020
    • Start detailed design development - 2020
    • Start construction - 2022
    • Open to traffic - by the end of 2025.
  • More information: See the New Dubbo Bridge project page.
  • Cost: $20 million
  • Description: Upgrade of the existing roundabout to a signalised intersection.
  • Benefits:
    • provide a highway intersection that allows safe and efficient movement of heavy vehicles up to 36.5m to the north, south and west
    • reduce congestion and travel times
    • improve safety by reducing conflict between local and through traffic and between vehicles and pedestrians and cyclists
  • What we are doing:
    • Upgrade the intersection of the Mitchell Highway and Newell Highway in Dubbo to improve traffic efficiency and road safety
  • How we are doing it:
    • installing traffic lights to improve traffic flow
    • intersection widening to accommodate additional right turn traffic movements
    • providing safe pedestrian access
    • relocate underground service utilities and overhead power.
  • When we are doing it:
    • Early work, including geotechnical investigations, survey and utility investigation - 2018-19
    • Community Consultation Summary report released - early 2020
    • Start construction - early 2020
    • Open to traffic - by the end of 2021.
  • More information: See the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade page.
  • Cost: $11 million
  • Description:
    The project will upgrade the existing Newell Highway between Golf Links Road and Baird Street to a heavy duty pavement.
  • Benefits:
    • improve road user safety for all road users
    • increase efficiency of the road network
    • reduce maintenance costs
    • reduce long term inconvenience to local residents and commercial businesses from rough road surface traffic noise and maintenance activities.
  • What are we doing:
    Upgrading the existing road to heavy duty pavement on the Newell Highway (Whylandra St) from Golf Links Creek to 100m south of Baird St.
  • How are we doing it:
    Works will be delivered in three stages - utility relocations and two stages of road works. The delivery of this project has flexibility to change and best fit with other projects delivered by Roads and Maritime.
  • When are we doing it:
    • June 2017 to July 2018 - utility relocations (completed)
    • March to July 2019  - road works Stage 1 (completed)
    • road works Stage 2 subject to funding
  • More information: See the latest community update for the Newell Highway upgrade West Dubbo.
  • Cost: $14 million
  • Description:
    Upgrade of the existing roundabout to a signalised intersection.
  • Benefits:
    The aim of the intersection upgrade is to provide additional lanes for the intersection approach and departure. A signalised intersection will be constructed to:
    • improve motorist, pedestrian and cyclist safety
    • improve traffic efficiency
    • reduce congestion for highway and local traffic, particularly during peak hours.
  • What we are doing:
    Upgrade the intersection of Cobra and Fitzroy streets in Dubbo to improve traffic efficiency and road safety.
  • How we are doing it:
    • intersection widening to accommodate left and right turn traffic movements
    • providing safe pedestrian facilities
    • upgrade the road within the intersection area
    • relocate underground service utilities and overhead power.
  • When we are we doing it:
    • Community Consultation Summary report released - early 2020
    • Early work - late 2019
    • Start construction - early 2020
    • Open to traffic - in 2021.
  • More information: See the Mitchell Highway (Cobra Street) intersection with Fitzroy Street project page

Updates and announcements

Work continues on the construction of two additional piers at LH Ford Bridge.

To enable safe completion of this work the bridge will be closed to traffic for up to five nights between the hours of 8pm to 6am.

Night work will be carried out on 4, 5, 9, 10 and 11 March between the hours of 8pm and 6am. Vehicle movements will be detoured across the Emilie Serisier Bridge. Connecting the new piers is highly technical and as such the dates may need to be amended to complete this stage of the project. We will notify the community should these dates change.

There will be some noise and lighting generated by this work, we will make every effort to minimise these impacts.

From Saturday 7 December 2019 the Macquarie river access reopened to waterway users for weekends and school holidays. The river will continue to be closed Monday to Friday outside of school holidays to allow the safe completion of the project.

The exclusion zone currently in place will be removed during weekends and school holidays allowing recreational users to once again have safe access under the bridge via a five metre channel. The five metre channel will be clearly delineated down the middle of the river and we ask all vessels to ensure they remain within this designated channel.

There will be a requirement to close the waterway every day for two weeks towards the end of March for the safe removal of the suspended scaffolding.

Project background

  • Cost: $10 million
  • Description:
    The LH Ford Bridge is a 613m long reinforced concrete bridge which was first opened to the public in 1969. At the time the bridge was the fourth longest highway bridge in NSW. The bridge is nearly 50 years old and needs significant maintenance work in order to maintain the design life of this important bridge.
  • Benefits:
    • increase the life of LH Ford Bridge
    • improve safety for all road users
    • increase efficiency of the road network
    • reduce maintenance costs.
  • What we are doing:
    The project involves the construction of two new piers within the Macquarie River to support the drop in span.
  • How we are doing it:
    • building two new piers, one either side of the river
    • repair cracking in the concrete next to the bridge bearings
    • stop further long term movements in the waterway span
    • upgrade the bridge to take Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles.
  • When we are doing it:
    • November 2018 - construction commenced
    • Early 2020 - completion.

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