North Moree heavy duty pavements

The NSW government has committed funding to plan for the upgrade of the Newell Highway north of Moree.

The project includes planning for up to 30.2 kilometres (made of three segments) of new road pavement, intersection improvements and widening of road shoulders. This will improve safety for motorists and reduce future maintenance requirements.

Updates and announcements

Ongoing investigation work

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the project has been completed and determined and can be downloaded from the project documents section. As part of the development of the project ongoing investigations, including survey investigations are being carried out to further develop and determine the project.

Project benefits

  • Increase travel reliability for North Moree
  • Reduce travel times
  • Reduce the cost of maintenance along the Newell Highway
  • Reduce vehicle operating costs on the Newell Highway
  • Improve road safety for road users
  • Improve flood immunity of the Newell Highway north of Moree

Project features

The upgraded sections of the Newell highway north of Moree would include:

  • provide a heavy duty pavement to meet the existing and future freight needs along this section of the  Newell
  • widen the existing highway or construct a new two lane highway adjacent to the existing highway of 3.5m lanes, 2m shoulders, and 1m wide centreline cross section
  • upgrade intersections and right turning lanes
  • retain or improve the 110km design speed alignments
  • improve access to private property and bus stop layouts

Project objectives

The Primary 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 freight efficiency
  • improve the safety of the Newell Highway (reduce fatalities and serious injury crash rate)

Other supporting objectives are to:

  • provide a 40year traffic loading design
  • 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 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.

Submissions report

September 2018

Review of Environmental Factors - Executive Summary

Review of Environmental Factors - main report

Aboriginal and historic archaeological survey report - May 2018

Biodiversity Assessment report - June 2018

Operational traffic and construction noise and vibration assessment report - May 2018

Urban design landscape character and visual imapct assessment report

Preliminary environmental investigation - November 2017

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