Newell Highway upgrade Mungle Back Creek to Boggabilla

The Australian and NSW governments have committed funding to upgrade the Newell Highway between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla in Northern NSW.

This will improve safety for motorists and reduce future maintenance requirements.
The project includes major work on 18 kilometres of new road pavement, 3.5 metre wide lanes in each direction, intersection improvements, widening of road shoulders and provision of two new overtaking lanes.

Updates and announcements

Work has started with tree clearing, road work and the first section of the upgrade now in construction. Work will take place from Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm.

The project will take around three years to complete. During construction speed will be restricted to 40km/h, 60km/h and 80km/h at different times. Please allow extra travel time and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.

Roads and Maritime Services thanks motorists for their patience during this important upgrade work.

Roads and Maritime awarded the construction contract for this major project to Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd, in August 2018.

Project benefits

  • Increase travel reliability between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla
  • Reduce travel times and the cost of maintenancealong the Newell Highway
  • Improve road safety for road users
  • Provide a new road surface to meet the existing and future freight needs along this section of the  Newell
  • Improve the Newell Highway flood immunity where feasible and reasonable
  • Support regional and local economic development.

Project features

The upgrade of the Newell highway between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla would include:

  • provide a new road surface
  • widen the existing highway or construct a new two lane highway adjacent to the existing highway
  • provide dedicated overtaking lanes
  • upgrade intersections
  • improve access to private property
  • provide road delineation, sign posting and roadside furniture
  • upgrade drainage to improve the Newell Highway flood immunity when feasible and reasonable.

Project objectives

The project objectives are to:

  • increase travel reliability and reduce travel times on the Newell Highway
  • reduce vehicle operating costs on the Newell Highway
  • reduce the costs of maintaining the Newell Highway
  • improve the safety of the Newell Highway
  • improve freight efficiency.

Other supporting objectives are to:

  • ensure route development meets the standards required of the National Land Transport Network
  • develop a proposal that contributes to the economic development of the region and improves transport efficiency on this section of the Newell Highway in terms of travel time and vehicle operating costs
  • ensure that all potential impacts of the proposal on the local community are assessed and appropriate mitigation measures are developed
  • ensure broad road safety objectives are met by reducing the crash rate along the Newell Highway
  • ensure an adequate level of service for existing and predicted traffic volumes
  • ensure route development minimises the impact on environmentally sensitive areas and that appropriate mitigation measures are included in the proposal to manage any impact
  • ensure stakeholder involvement in all phases of the proposal development
  • ensure compatibility of the road network and the long-term land use planning for the area.
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