The New South Wales Government is providing $11.5 million for planning of an upgrade of the Newell Highway at Coonabarabran. This work is part of the $500 million Newell Highway upgrade program.
FEB 2020Socioeconomic studies
Last year the NSW Government announced option three, a bypass to the east of town, as the preferred route to provide motorists with a future safe and efficient bypass of the Newell Highway at Coonabarabran. We are now gathering information and completing further studies to form part of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF).More information
The bypass would involve building a new eight kilometre long Newell Highway bypass, three kilometres to the east of town. It would start near the 100 km/h zone heading into Coonabarabran from the south and rejoin the existing highway near the current Oxley and Newell Highway intersection.
Roads and Maritime will continue to engage with the community and stakeholders throughout the planning of the Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran. We will continue with investigation studies to further develop the concept design and Review of Environmental Factors which is anticipated to be displayed to the community mid-2020.
The NSW Government is committed to improving connectivity and safety for all road users including freight vehicles along the Newell Highway. Roads and Maritime Services ise in the planning phase of developing a Coonabarabran Bypass that will reduce travel time and increase safety of road users and pedestrians. The project will remove trucks from local streets and reduce noise and air pollution in town.
Upgrade the Newell Highway to support more efficient movement of freight by improving heavy vehicle access for PBS3 (a) high productivity vehicles (36.5 metre B-Triples and Type 2 Road Trains) (see Heavy vehicle classifications for more information)
- Construction of a Bypass
- New bridge over the Castlereagh River
- Newell Highway and Oxley High intersection upgrade to give priority to the Newell.
- Reduce travel time
- Remove around 700 heavy vehicles from the town centre, the majority of which are B-doubles
- Improve motorist and pedestrian safety
- Improve traffic flow in Coonabarabran, particularly east-west travel
- Improve the amenity of the retail district for shoppers, residents and workers
- Reduce heavy vehicle noise and stock-created odour
- Remove conflicts between local traffic and heavy through vehicles
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
February 2020 Frequently asked questions
Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran - Business and shopper surveys
October 2019 Frequently asked questions
Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran - Coonabarabran Bypass.
May 2019 frequently asked questions
Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran - Display of three corridor options.
For more information about this project, please contact:
Phone: 1800 741 636
Mail: Roads and Maritime Services, PO Box 36, Dubbo NSW 2830.