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Parkes Bypass

The Australian and NSW Governments are funding the $168 million Parkes Bypass project. The bypass seeks to improve connectivity, road transport efficiency and safety for local and interstate motorists.

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Map of proposed concept. Click for a larger version (JPG, 1.06Mb)

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AUG 2019

AUG 2019Concept design and Review of Environmental Factors display

Roads and Maritime Services 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.

Roads and Maritime Services is 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 concept design (PDF, 2.52 Mb) and Review of Environmental Factors (26.8Mb) are online here and displayed at Parkes Shire Council Administration Centre and Service NSW Parkes from Monday 1 July to Friday 9 August 2019.

Submissions can be made by emailing or mailing to PO Box 334 PARKES NSW 2870. All comments will be addressed in the submissions report and used to prepare the final project design.

Meet the project team

The project team will be available to discuss the concept design and Review of Environmental Factors at the following locations:

  • Clarinda Street, Parkes (in front of Discount Dave’s):
    • Tuesday 2 July 2019, 10-1pm
    • Wednesday 10 July 2019, 10-12pm
    • Thursday 18 July 2019, 11-2pm
    • Monday 22 July 2019, 10-12pm
    • Wednesday 31 July 2019, 10-1pm
    • Thursday 8 August 2019, 11-2pm
  • Metro Plaza:
    • Tuesday 2 July 2019, 3pm – 6pm
    • Wednesday 10 July 2019, 1pm – 4pm
    • Thursday 18 July 2019, 5pm – 8pm
    • Monday 22 July 2019, 2pm – 5pm
  • Parkes Arbour (between Coles and Target)
    • Wednesday 31 July 2019, 3pm – 6pm
    • Thursday 8 August 2019, 3pm – 6pm

You can also view the Review of Environmental Factors and concept design at the following locations:

  • Parkes Shire Council Administration Centre
    2 Cecile Street, Parkes
  • Service NSW, Parkes,
    51-55 Currajong Street, Parkes

Project information

Upgrade of the Newell Highway at Parkes 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 Parkes Special Activation Precinct.

The new highway west of Parkes would be about 10.5km long and would include:

  • A new two-lane road (one lane in each direction) across the travelling stock reserve to the west of the golf course, from the railway line to Barkers Road
  • Four key intersections at Bogan Road, Barkers Road, London Road and a four-way roundabout at Condobolin Road
  • A bridge over the Broken Hill and Parkes-Narromine rail lines and Hartigan Avenue
  • A second shared path bridge connecting Victoria Street and Back Trundle Road
  • An extension of Hartigan Avenue, connecting it with Brolgan Road and Moulden Street.
  • Increased access for road trains and other heavy vehicles, enhancing productivity for the freight industry
  • New bridge over railway lines to minimise delays
  • Improved amenity and pedestrian access in Parkes, by reducing the number of heavy vehicles travelling through the town centre
  • Improved safety for all road users
  • Improved traffic flow through Parkes, particularly on roads to Orange and Condobolin.

Roads and Maritime Services will continue to engage with the community and stakeholders throughout the planning and delivery of the Parkes Bypass. Following an approval process, construction is scheduled to start in May 2021 and take about three years to complete. This will be subject to funding, weather and access considerations.

Four-way roundabout at Condobolin Road (Condobolin road)

Bridge over Hartigan Avenue and the Broken Hill and Parkes to Narromine rail lines

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