Safety upgrades worth $26.4 million begin on Kamilaroi Highway

Two new overtaking lanes are being built on the Kamilaroi Highway in NSW as part of a range of safety upgrades between Baan Baa and Turrawan.

Stage two of the upgrade will get underway this month, delivered as part of the Saving Lives on Country Roads program.

Works on the first stage of the project included upgrades to a four kilometre stretch along the highway with culvert extensions, road widening and an upgrade to a school bus stop and turning bay. These works are set to be complete in September.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said in addition to delivering safer and smoother journeys for motorists, this stage of work will see about 40 jobs supported in the region.

“We’re excited to now kick off stage two of the upgrade of the Kamilaroi Highway which provides a vital link between Narrabri and Gunnedah. Once complete, the safety package will upgrade a 17 kilometre stretch of road over the next four years,” Toole said.

Member of the Legislative Council Sam Farraway said it was great to see the project power ahead with input from the local community.

“This stage of work will see a new overtaking lane built in each direction, as well as widening of nearly six kilometres of highway,” Farraway said.

“The upgrade demonstrates how we are listening to the community, with dual 1.8 kilometre overtaking lanes added to the project based directly on community feedback.”

Upgrades in stage two will also include improvements to the road surface, widening of the highway and installation of safety barriers. Construction will begin in late August, 2020 and is expected to be completed by June 2021.

Stage three and four will follow with the final stage expected to be completed in 2023.

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