Four years, $236.8 million and 38 overtaking lanes later, drivers tackling the Newell Highway between Queensland and Victoria will find passing easier and could save 30 minutes on the trip
Work has begun on a new overtaking lane for vehicles heading south at Bundidgerry, two kilometres north of Narrandera in New South Wales on the Newell Highway.
The new lane is the last of 38 new overtaking lanes along the Newell Highway to enter the construction phase as part of a four year safety push that has been jointly funded by the Federal and State governments.
NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Jenny Aitchison says the project will help transform the state’s economy.
“The Newell Highway Program Alliance – a partnership between Transport for NSW and construction companies BMD and AECOM – has marked the fourth and final year of building new overtaking lanes the length of the Newell Highway, which connects Queensland with Victoria,” she says.
“We are on the home stretch with this important $236.8 million investment by the federal and NSW governments to improve journeys in the west of our state.
“The Newell Highway is a key regional route linking the south and north of our state, used by thousands of motorists every day.
“This is a particularly big benefit for freight operators who can more accurately plan their journeys and move valuable goods more efficiently.”
The government says overtaking lanes already under construction at Mirrool and Daroobalgie will be completed this week and work at the Pilliga rest area will be complete by the end of June.
Once complete, these new overtaking lanes will reduce travel time along the Newell Highway by around 30 minutes between the Victorian and Queensland borders.
Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King says the government is dedicated to delivering better road safety.
“The federal government has been working with the New South Wales government to deliver these overtaking lanes on the Newell Highway, delivering smoother and wider road surfaces for more efficient journeys along this key inland route,” King says.
“Our funding is key to ensuring the NSW road network is as safe and as efficient as possible.
“This work demonstrates that the federal government is addressing the need to improve safety for motorists and freight transport operators at multiple locations on the Newell Highway.”