Work on the southbound overtaking lane started in January 2020 and will take about four months to complete. Work is expected to be finished in June 2020, weather permitting.
Transport for NSW have selected BMD and AECOM as strategic partners in the Newell Highway Program Alliance.
The 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 border to the Queensland border.
Work on a southbound overtaking lane on the Newell Highway near Peak Hill, started on Tuesday 28 January 2020.
Once completed, road users travelling on the Newell Highway south of Peak Hill 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.
Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm weekdays and 9am and 5pm Saturdays. We will let you know in advance if we need to do any work outside these times.
There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe. This will include a reduced speed zone and partial lane closures along the Newell Highway.
During work, road users are encouraged to drive to the conditions and follow the direction of traffic control and all signs. Reduced speed limits will apply at all times throughout the project, and will vary from 40 km/h to 80 km/h.
The project team will keep the community regularly informed as the work progresses.
Thank you for your understanding while we complete this important work.