Newell Highway upgrade

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Newell Highway upgrade

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EARLY STAGE PROPOSAL
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POTENTIAL INVESTMENT OPTIONS
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INVESTMENT READY PROPOSAL
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PROJECT DELIVERY
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POST COMPLETION REVIEW

Newell Highway upgrade

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LOCATION
NSW section of Melbourne–Brisbane inland route
GEOGRAPHY
Smaller cities and regional centres
SECTOR
Transport
OUTCOME CATEGORY
National Connectivity
PROPONENT
NSW Government
PROBLEM TIMEFRAME
Near term (0-5 years)
DATE ADDED
17 February 2016
Problem

The Newell Highway is part of the National Land Transport Network. It is the principal inter-capital freight route between Melbourne and Brisbane, and is a critical link for regional producers in central and western New South Wales. Freight movements on the corridor are expected to grow strongly, supported by robust population growth in both Melbourne and Brisbane.

The efficiency of the route is constrained by localised congestion and flooding, deteriorating pavement and a lack of overtaking opportunities. Road alignment in several sections is also unsuitable for some High Productivity Vehicles.

These factors constrain freight productivity by increasing travel times and the number of vehicle journeys required, as well as reducing freight reliability.

Potential investment options

The proposal seeks to improve several sections of the highway to support safe High Productivity Vehicle access, and improve safety and reliability.

The proposal will also consider first/last mile issues faced by High Productivity Vehicle operators in the corridor.

Realignment of a 6.5 km section of the highway at Trewilga, road widening from Boggabilla to Goondiwindi and heavy duty pavement south of Boggabilla is complete.

Construction is also in progress on Parkes Byoass, upgrade of the intersection with Mitchell Highway at Dubbo and on a program to deliver around 40 overtaking lanes.

Projects progressing to delivery readiness include the new Dubbo Bridge and heavy duty pavement provision between Narrabri and Moree.

Planning is in progress for a range of further works:

  • Coonabarabran Bypass
  • road widening from Coonabarabran to Narrabri (Pillga Widening)
  • additional overtaking lanes
  • improved flood immunity.

The NSW Government completed the Newell Highway Corridor Strategy in June 2019 and is progressively developing business cases for each element of this proposal.

The Australian Government has committed $60 million to the development of additional overtaking lanes as part of the Newell Highway upgrade Program.  

Next Steps

Proponent to complete business case development (Stage 3 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).

 

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