Bolivia Hill - New England Highway

The Australian and NSW governments have committed funding to build the Bolivia Hill upgrade.

Bolivia Hill - New England Highway - Artist's impression
Bolivia Hill - New England Highway - Artist's impression

Updates and announcements

Traffic delays - New England Highway, Bolivia Hill from Monday 29 April 2019

The next stage of major work is starting on the Bolivia Hill upgrade which will make the New England Highway safer and easier to drive.

Work to improve the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill is stepping up. Work is starting on widening sections of the highway. A number of sections of the southbound lane will be excavated to allow the cutting back of the adjoining rock face.

From Monday 29 April 2019, barriers will be installed along the 2.6 kilometre section of the highway reducing it to one lane for 24 hours per day for up to 12 months.

View or download the April 2019 notification (PDF, 154Kb) for more information.

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Project background

The preferred route for the upgrade of Bolivia Hill was confirmed in February 2014. You can view or download the Bolivia Hill Preferred Route Option Report.

The preferred route for the Bolivia Hill upgrade will:

  • Improve road safety
  • Improve road transport productivity, efficiency and reliability of travel
  • Minimise the impact on the natural, cultural and built environment
  • Provide value for money.

Bolivia Wattle seed collection

Seedlings of the rare and endangered Bolivia Hill Wattle have been collected and delivered to Mount Annan Botanic Gardens for preservation. The unique wattle was identified during the review of environmental factors for the planned upgrade of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill.

The discovery provided an opportunity for Roads and Maritime Services to work with the local community to gather and store seeds. Five people from the Inverell Aboriginal Men’s Group were trained to monitor the wattle to ensure the seeds were suitable for collection and then later, planting.

The wattle is unique to the area, growing only between Bolivia Hill and Glen Innes and Tenterfield, so it’s important to preserve it for future generations.

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