Travel times on the Newell Highway will be slashed  with more than 45 kilometres of new overtaking lanes to be delivered, thanks to the NSW Government.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey visited Parkes to announce the delivery of 13 new, 1.5 kilometre overtaking lanes along the Newell Highway between Parkes and Narrabri.

“The Newell Highway is the road and freight back bone of inland NSW stretching from the Victorian
border to Queensland, that connects regional communities,” Minister Pavey said.

“This upgrade provides more than 25 minutes in travel time savings that will deliver more jobs and
lower freight costs.”

  • BMD and Aecom will be responsible for the joint development, design and construction.
  • The Newell Highway Program Alliance will deliver at least 30 additional overtaking lanes.
  • This will provide around 25 minutes of travel times savings.

Minister Pavey said by working with industry at least 30 additional overtaking lanes will be delivered across the state in an estimated four years, rather than the eight years it would take Government to solely fund and
deliver this work.

“This is a big win for local communities. This partnership will deliver more overtaking lanes, in half the time for the same price”

Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW, Rick Colless said, “More than 2330 motorists use this section of the Newell Highway each day, so it’s essential these
improvements are made to provide safer overtaking opportunities.”

“Local businesses, trucking companies and those travelling to and from town will reap the benefits of
these new overtaking lanes,”

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