The first section will duplicate the highway from the ACT boarder towards Murrumbateman.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole called on industry to put forward innovative solutions that would maximise the length of road able to be duplicated under the program.
“We are encouraging industry to be innovative to achieve the greatest distance of duplicated highway and deliver value for money while ensuring a focus on safety,” Mr. Toole said.
The government is also looking for opportunities that look to support the local workforce, to provide opportunities during tough drought times.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Barton Highway is a critical link connecting communities on the Southern Tablelands in NSW and the ACT.
“This upgrade will significantly improve safety as well as journey reliability, ease congestion and boost freight productivity,” Mr. McCormack said.
The registration of interest is the first stage, a request for tender is expected to be released in early 2020.
The Australian and NSW governments are each providing $50 million over four years, with the Australian Government also committing an additional $100 million under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative in the 2018-19 Budget.