Work on a new northbound overtaking lane, about six kilometres north of Tocumwal, started on Monday 18 May 2020 and will take about five months to complete.
Transport for NSW has partnered with BMD and AECOM to form the Newell Highway Program Alliance.
The strategic partnership will deliver about 30 additional overtaking lanes in an estimated four years rather than the likely eight years it would take to fund and deliver this work using traditional procurement methods.
This innovative mode of delivery will result in a minimum of 45 kilometres of new overtaking lanes to improve safety, reduce travel times, allow more accurate travel planning and improve freight productivity.
The new overtaking lanes are expected to provide around 25 minutes of travel time savings along the length of the Newell Highway from the Victorian to the Queensland border.
The northbound overtaking lane will extend for about one and a half kilometres along the highway, about six kilometres north of Tocumwal.
Work includes establishing a site compound and stockpile site, installing environmental controls, removing trees and road widening.
Once completed, road users travelling on the Newell Highway through Tocumwal will experience increased overtaking opportunities to help improve journey reliability.
Other benefits of the project include:
- improved safety for all road users
- reduced travel times
- more accurate travel planning
- improved freight efficiency
In response to recent restrictions and for the safety of staff, contractors and the community, work is being carried out on a two-week rotating roster.
This measure enables work on the overtaking lane sites to continue during this unprecedented time and continue to help support regional economies.
Workdays and hours are:
- Tuesday to Friday: 7am - 6pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 6pm
- Monday to Thursday: 7am to 6pm
- Friday to Monday: no work
Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions including a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h and 60 km/h during work hours and reduced limit of 80 km/h after hours, which may affect travel times.
All motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.
For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.
The project team will keep the community informed as the work progresses.
Thank you for your understanding while we complete this important work.