The NSW Government has provided $3.29 million to plan and deliver road improvements to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes along the highway.
DEC 2020Work completed
Work on the first stage of safety improvements has been completed.More information
Due to cost savings on the project, an additional 900 metres of road resurfacing will be carried out with a wide centreline installed on the Mudies Creek Bridge approaches to deliver further safety benefits.
This work will be delivered in the first half of 2021. We will notify the community before this work starts.
Transport for NSW is delivering safety improvements for the New England Highway, between the Golden Highway and Newington Lane, at Whittingham.
The NSW Government is investing $3.29 million for the proposal to improve safety for road users and reduce the risk of crashes along this eight kilometre section of the highway.
The project involed:
- resurfacing 950 metres of the highway from Range Road towards Singleton
- installing a one metre wide painted centreline along a 2.2 kilometre section of the highway between Range Road and Newington Lane
- installing street lighting at the Range Road and Racecourse Lane intersections
- installing median and roadside safety barriers at various locations on the highway
- signage and delineation improvements on the approaches to Mudies Creek Bridge
- tree trimming to improve sight distance
- maintenance and minor access improvements along the route.
To view the locations of these improvements, please view the November 2019 project update (PDF, 870KB).
An additional 900 metres of road resurfacing will be carried out with a wide centreline installed on the Mudies Creek Bridge approaches to deliver further safety benefits. This work will be delivered in the first half of 2021.
The introduction of a one metre wide centreline has improved safety by providing greater separation between vehicles travelling in opposite directions.
To cater for the wide centreline some lane and shoulder width adjustments have been made. For more information on these adjustments please view the November 2019 project update (PDF, 870KB).
Audio tactile line marking
Audio tactile line marking (ATLM) has been installed on the edge lines and centrelines along sections of the highway.
ATLM, sometimes called ‘rumble strips’ are small raised bumps typically placed along the edges of roads and in the centre of roads to alert a driver when they are drifting out of their lane. For more information about ATLM please view the November 2019 project update (PDF, 870KB).
Transport for NSW has completed a speed zone review for the New England Highway at Whittingham.
The injury crash rate per kilometre is significantly higher than the typical rate for this type of road which is why the speed limit is being reduced.
The existing 100km/h speed limit has been reduced along an eight kilometre stretch of the highway.
The speed limit has been reduced to 80km/h over a 3.4 kilometre section from 210 metres south of White Falls Lane to 180 metres south of Racecourse Lane, as this section of the highway has a number of residential accesses.
The speed limit has been reduced to 90 km/h over a 4.7 kilometre section from 180 metres south of Racecourse Lane to 330 metres north of the Golden Highway.
Motorists are reminded to observe the new speed limit and are advised to drive to conditions.
The community and stakeholders were invited to provide feedback on a proposal in November and December 2019. For a summary of the feedback received and our responses please download our April 2020 community consultation report (PDF, 1.13Mb).
Work on the additional resurfacing work is expected to start in the first half of 2021. We will provide an update to the community before this work begins.
For further information about the safety improvements please contact:
Phone: 0428 100 847 (business hours – David Prowse, Project Delivery Manager)
Mail: David Prowse, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030 Newcastle NSW 2300.
April 2020 project notification
Start of work on New England Highway safety improvements, Whittingham from Monday 20 April.