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Newell Highway Program Alliance

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JUN 2020

JUN 2020Tap Hill project has commenced

The Newell Highway Program Alliance has commenced construction of its Tap Hill and Lower Tap Hill projects, 44 kilometres north of Gilgandra. Visit the project page.

MAY 2020

MAY 2020Construction has started at Chinaman's Road

The Newell Highway Program Alliance (NHPA) has commenced construction of the 15th overtaking lane at Chinaman’s Road, near Tocumwal. Read about it and more in the first Community Update, May 2020.

Project information

Transport for NSW have 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 the construction of 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 border to the Queensland border.

Program Alliance projects

The upgrade, started in June 2020, involves:

  • extending the existing northbound overtaking lane by about 1.4 kilometres at the bottom of Tap Hill near O’Conners Road, 44 kilometres north of Gilgandra.
  • constructing a new northbound overtaking lane to close the gap between the existing overtaking lanes at the top of Tap Hill
  • trucks and other vehicles will have longer distances to safely overtake slower moving heavy vehicles on the steep grades in the Warrumbungle Ranges.

Visit the Tap Hill project page for more information.

Work on a new Newell Highway overtaking lane near Tocumwal started on Monday 18 May 2020. The project involves the delivery of a new northbound overtaking lane, near Chinamans Road, about six kilometres north of Tocumwal.

Work on the overtaking lane includes establishing a site compound and stockpile site, installing environmental controls, removing trees and road widening.

The overtaking lane will take about five months to complete, weather permitting.

Visit the Chinamans Road project page for more information.

The upgrade, started in April 2020, will involve the delivery of new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes at Pilliga, about 15 kilometres north of Coonabarabran.

Work on the overtaking lanes started on Wednesday 15 April 2020 and includes establishing a site compound and stockpile site, installing erosion and sediment controls, removing trees and road widening.

Work on the Pilliga overtaking lanes will take about six months to complete.

Visit the Pilliga project page for more information.

The upgrade involved the delivery of one southbound overtaking lane, four kilometres south of Finley.

Visit the Fullers Road project page for more information.

The upgrade involved the delivery of one overtaking lane southbound, four kilometres south of Peak Hill.

Work on the Peak Hill overtaking lane started on Tuesday 28 January 2020 and was completed on Sunday 14 June 2020.

Visit the Peak Hill project page for more information.

The upgrade involved the delivery of one overtaking lane northbound, 15 kilometres north of Parkes.

Work on the Telescope overtaking lane started on Monday 9 December 2019 and was completed on Friday 17 April 2020.

Visit the Telescope project page for more information.

The upgrades involved the delivery of two overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound, 38 kilometres north of Jerilderie.

Visit the Bundure project page for more information.

The upgrades involved the delivery of two overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound, 26 kilometres south of Forbes.

Work on the overtaking lane started on Monday 5 August and was completed on Friday 28 February 2020.

Visit the Bundaburrah project page for more information.

The upgrades involved the delivery of one overtaking lane southbound through Medway Creek, 18 kilometres north of Dubbo.

Initial work on this overtaking lane started on Monday 8 July and was completed on Friday 6 December 2019.

Visit the Medway project page for more information.

The upgrades involved the delivery of two overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound, six kilometres south of Gilgandra.

Initial work on these overtaking lanes started in May 2019 and  was completed on Tuesday 17 December 2019.

Visit the Marthaguy project page for more information.

The upgrades involved the delivery of two overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound, 10 kilometres north of Gilgandra.

Initial work on these overtaking lanes started in March 2019 and  was completed on Friday 29 November 2019.

Visit the Dustys Creek project page for more information.

Transport for NSW will keep the community informed as projects progress.

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