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Newell Highway Upgrade – Parkes Bypass

The Australian and NSW Governments are funding the Newell Highway Upgrade - Parkes Bypass. The bypass seeks to improve connectivity, road transport efficiency and safety for local and interstate motorists.

Parkes Bypass Concept Design. Click for a larger version

Parkes Bypass Concept Design. Click for a larger version.

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SEP 2020

SEP 2020Early work starts

The Parkes Bypass is now a step closer, with early works this month marking the start of this project, which will cut travel times and improve freight productivity.

Early work includes local road upgrades and work on utilities that will enable the construction of the bypass.

The bypass will reduce travel time by up to 10 minutes and increase safety by removing more than 1,200 trucks a day from the town of Parkes.

The planned early work will be delivered by Parkes Shire Council and will support 20 council and contractor jobs.

Early works start on 7 September with upgrading Nock Road to a bitumen surface and closing the road from direct access to the Newell Highway by making it a cul-de-sac.

A number of utility relocations will also be completed, including upgrading water mains along the length of the footprint of the bypass.

Further work will involve:

  • construction of a new bitumen road between Thomas Street and Mitchell Street;
  • construction of a new bitumen road between Condobolin Road and Back Trundle Road to replace the existing Moulden Street; and
  • construction of a new section of road between Brolgan Road and Hartigan Avenue.

Work is continuing on the final design for the bypass, with the tender for the work to build the bypass to go out in early 2021.

FEB 2020

FEB 2020Submissions Report available

The concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) were on display for public comment from Monday 1 July to Friday 9 August 2019. During this time, Transport for NSW received a total of 119 submissions relating to the Parkes Bypass. All submissions made during the display period have been addressed and responded to in a Submissions Report (PDF, 6.47Mb) which is now available.

The Parkes Bypass Submissions Report relates to the REF prepared for the Parkes Bypass and summarises the issues raised as well as responses to each issue raised by the community and stakeholders. The report details further environmental investigations carried out since the finalisation of the REF as a result of changes to the proposal and identifies new or revised environmental management measures for the project.

The 2019 Parkes Bypass Community Consultation Report (PDF, 9.73Mb) is also now available. This report summarises Transport for NSW's consultation with the community and key stakeholders about the Parkes Bypass project during the display period in July and August 2019.

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Project information

Transport for NSW proposes to build a new 10.5-kilometre bypass on the western outskirts of Parkes to reduce travel time, improve freight productivity and efficiency, pedestrian access through Parkes and traffic flow.

We are delivering this work as part of the $500 million Newell Highway upgrade program to support the interstate freight industry, provide economic growth, and improve access and safety along a vital transport corridor in New South Wales.

The upgrade would involve relocating the highway about two kilometres west, between Maguire Road to the north and Barkers Road to the south - a total length of 10.5 kilometres. The bypass would remove up to 1200 trucks per day from local streets and improve safety for motorists.

The Parkes Bypass will improve:

  • Freight efficiency and productivity
  • Access for high productivity vehicles (double road trains, B-triples, AB triples) through Parkes as well as providing a link to existing road train routes to the west
  • Safety of the railway level crossings
  • Travel times at Forbes Road level crossing (near Hartigan Avenue) and the Welcome level crossing
  • Pedestrian access in Parkes particularly across Bogan Street
  • Access to the Parkes Special Activation Precinct.

The new highway west of Parkes will be about 10.5 kilometres long and key features include:

  • A two-lane road (one lane in each direction) with four key intersections including:
    • North and south T-intersections with turn lanes between the existing Newell Highway and the Bypass
    • A split T-intersection at London Road
    • A split T-intersection at Brolgan Road
    • A four-way roundabout at Condobolin Road
  • Two bridges including:
    • A bridge over the Broken Hill (Sydney to Perth) and Parkes-Narromine rail lines and Hartigan Avenue
    • A local vehicle bridge with a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians over the bypass connecting Victoria Street and Back Trundle Road
  • An extension of Hartigan Avenue to connect to Brolgan Road, Billy Mac Place and Condobolin Road
  • Realignment, reconfiguration and modification to local roads including:
    • Re-aligning Moulden Street
    • Maguire Road and Nock Road are converted to cul-de-sacs
    • Construction of a new road between Brolgan Road and Hartigan Avenue
    • Construction of a new road between Thomas Street and Mitchell Street
    • New T-intersection at Thomas Street and Reedsdale Road (no access between Thomas Street and Moulden Street)
    • New T-intersection at Brolgan Road (west) onto Hartigan Avenue extension (no access east/west along Brolgan Road across bypass)
  • A new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists parallel to the eastern side of the bypass, which would connect Brolgan Road, Condobolin Road and Victoria Street.

Media releases

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September 2020

Early work to power the Parkes Bypass

February 2020

Community shapes Parkes Bypass

June 2019

Have your say on proposed Parkes bypass



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