Barton Highway

The Australian and NSW governments are providing $100 million ($50 million each) over four years to upgrade the Barton Highway. The Australian Government has committed a further $100 million, subject to the completion of the strategic business case which will guide future investment priorities. The upgrade will improve journey reliability, ease congestion, improve driver safety and boost freight productivity.
The funding is being used to fund the short term investment priorities nominated in the Barton Highway Improvement Strategy.

This now includes duplicating the highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman and providing immediate safety upgrades identified in the Barton Highway Improvement Strategy.

Updates and announcements

Project update October 2018 and Frequently Asked Questions

A project update (PDF, 836Kb) and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 140Kb) are now available to view or download.

Barton Highway safety upgrades

The work has been split into four packages:

The four packages of work
The four packages of work

Package one

Duplication of the Barton Highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman

In early December 2017, the Australian and NSW governments announced funding to duplicate the first stage of the Barton Highway in NSW.

The section of highway from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman was identified for immediate duplication. The existing highway will become the southbound carriageway and the new lanes will be the northbound carriageway.

During detailed design we will be working with the road construction industry to maximise the length of duplication that can be delivered with the available funding.

For more information view the project updates in the project documents.

Packages two and three

Strategic business case, concept planning and environmental assessment for future duplication of the remaining stages of the Barton Highway.

Similar to package one, we are carrying out the Strategic Business Case, concept planning and some environmental assessment to progress the duplication of the remaining stages. This will include geotechnical, engineering, road safety and environmental investigations.

For more information view the project updates in the project documents.

Package four

Safety work

Improving clear zones, delineation and signage

Since November 2017 we have been improving the Barton Highway. This has included upgrading signage and line marking, installing about seven kilometres of safety barriers, removing vegetation, and widening and flattening road shoulders.

Upcoming work involves removing some mature trees and replacing stormwater drainage structures to continue to improve clear zones along the highway.

Where possible, we have been working at night to reduce the impact to motorists.

For more information view the project updates in the project documents.

Improving bus stop locations

Bus stop locations are currently being reviewed to determine options for improvements, including possible relocation. We will be consulting with council and bus operators to understand safety issues from a community perspective.

For more information view the project updates in the project documents..

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

We are investing in traffic monitoring devices, closed circuit television (CCTV) and variable message signs (VMS) at strategic locations to inform of changed traffic conditions affecting travel time, variability, road conditions, and road closures in a timely manner.

This involves completing a feasibility study to identify suitable locations and to consider, environment, property, power, communications and constructability.

For more information view the project updates in the project documents.

Improving access for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders in Murrumbateman village

We will be investigating options to improve access for these road users within Murrumbateman village. Development of these options will include consultation with council and community.

Intersection upgrades

We will be upgrading the intersections at Hillview Drive, Valencia Drive and Gooda Creek Road as part of safety works.

Nanima Road intersection will be upgraded as part of package one.

For more information view the project updates in the project documents.

Road safety campaigns

Targeted road safety campaigns will complement the packages of work. The campaigns will target road safety issues such as driver fatigue and tail gating, speeding, driver distraction and roadwork safety in cooperation with council and police as the campaigns are rolled out.

For more information view the project updates in the project documents.

Access to properties

As part of planning for the duplication of the Barton Highway, we will need to carry out field investigations, including survey, geotechnical testing and utility searches. These investigations will help us better design the road and understand the impacts on various environmental and community concerns.

We will also need to carry out environmental investigations, such as biodiversity and specialist studies to investigate flora and fauna, including threatened species, visual design, hydrology, noise assessments, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural heritage investigations, which will be used when developing the concept design.

Although many investigations will be carried out in the road reserve, we may need to access private properties in order to complete this work.

If we need to access your property, we will contact you directly to explain why we need to enter your property and will ask you to complete a property access agreement. The access agreement will help us understand your needs, reducing any possible disturbances to you or your property and ensuring that we address any special considerations or conditions of entry.

Involving the community

We will work with Yass Valley Council, property owners, residents, businesses and other key stakeholders during the planning and construction process.

Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

We will keep the community informed about project progress on our website and facebook page, by distributing newsletters and holding information kiosks in local towns.

If you would like to be included in an email distribution group to receive information, please email

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