Two more overtaking lanes have recently been completed at Redbank and Coobang along the Newell Highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government was investing in new overtaking lanes on the Newell Highway to improve the safety and the efficiency of this key freight and tourism corridor.
“Road users on the Newell Highway are already experiencing improved safety and more efficient travel times with 17 new lanes now completed, including the northbound overtaking lane near Parkes and the southbound overtaking lane at Redbank, near Coonabarabran,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“We look forward to the remaining overtaking lanes being delivered, providing even greater freight productivity and safer and more enjoyable journeys on the Newell Highway.”
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the rollout of the overtaking lanes was being accelerated through a strategic partnership with industry.
“To date, we’ve added 25 kilometres of overtaking lanes on the Newell Highway, enabling more efficient freight transport and providing around 15 minutes in time-saving benefits to motorists,” Toole said.
“By the end of 2021, we expect to have delivered 25 lanes as part of our commitment to build a safer, stronger road network in regional NSW.”
There is also $59.5 million in further funding available for more safety work through Dustys Creek and Redbank. Improvements will involve widening the shoulders and centre line, as well as installing audio-tactile line marking on the edges and centre of the road.
In total there is $60 million allocated to Newell Highway overtaking lane works.