Newell Highway sign at Coonabarabran

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran

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.

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NOV 2020

NOV 2020You're invited to have your say

The NSW Government is planning an upgrade of the Newell Highway at Coonabarabran.

Transport for NSW has prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to determine the environmental and social impacts for the upgrade.

The REF and concept design is now on display for public information and comment until 29 January 2021.

You can view the REF in the project documents section of this page. It is also available to view at the Coonabarabran Library and Warrumbungle Shire Council Administration Office at Coonabarabran.

Have your say on the REF by Friday 29 January 2021, or send your comments to:

Email: newell.upgrade@transport.nsw.gov.au
Mail: Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran REF, PO Box 36, Dubbo NSW 2830
Phone: 1800 167 499

JUN 2020

JUN 2020Environmental 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).

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.

Transport for NSW 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 later this year.

Project information

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

Coonabarabran preferred options map

Coonabarabran preferred options map

Project documents

Community updates

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November 2019 community update

Review of Environmental Factors and Concept Display

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October 2019 community update

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran preferred option

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May 2019 community update

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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November 2020 Frequently asked questions

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran

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February 2020 Frequently asked questions

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran - Business and shopper surveys

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October 2019 Frequently asked questions

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran - Coonabarabran Bypass.

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May 2019 frequently asked questions

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran - Display of three corridor options.

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Reports

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Community consultation summary report

September 2019

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Preferred option report

September 2019

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Contact us

For more information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 167 499

Email: newell.upgrade@transport.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran REF, PO Box 36, Dubbo NSW 2830

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