Northeys - northbound overtaking lanes

New England Highway safety upgrade - Willow Tree to Uralla

The NSW Government is funding important upgrades on the New England Highway as part of its Saving Lives on Country Roads program.

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JUN 2019

JUN 2019Road safety improvements

As part of the NSW Government’s Saving Lives on Country Roads program we are proposing a number of road safety improvements between Braefarm Road and Sandy Road, Kootingal

Read more about the proposed changes in the June project notification (PDF, 115Kb).

Project information

The NSW Government has developed the Saving Lives on Country Roads program to help address the disproportionate number of people dying on country roads. The program has been designed to deliver safety improvements for high risk country roads.

In the next two years $16 million will be spent to improve safety on the New England Highway between Wallabadah and Armidale.

The first stage of these improvements started in August 2018 between Uralla and Armidale and will be completed in the second half of 2019.

The package of work includes:

  • Installing widened centre line throughout the entire section, enhanced with audio tactile line marking at a number of locations
  • Building two additional overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound between Rocky River Road and Arding Road
  • Installing a designated left hand turning lane for Barley Fields Road
  • Installing a right hand turning lane for Northeys Road and Kliendienst Road
  • Road widening and drainage improvement directly north of Uralla
  • Widening of the bridge over Saumarez Creek.

More information about the project is available in the November 2018 project update.

Project documents

Project notifications

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February 2020 project notification

Road work on the New England Highway, Kentucky from Monday 24 February.

June 2019 project notification

Safety upgrade of the New England Highway at Kootingal.


Project updates

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November 2018 project update

New England Highway safety upgrade.


Fact sheets

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May 2019 fact sheet

Audio tactile line marking (ATLM).



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