Work is underway on a new overtaking lane along the Newell Highway in New South Wales, as part of a final upgrade project to deliver travel savings and safety improvements.
The project, which construction crews have already started on, will see the construction of a southbound overtaking lane at Bundidgerry.
In addition, overtaking lanes already under construction at Mirrool and Daroobalgie will be completed this week, with work at the Pilliga rest area to be completed by the end of June.
According to the Federal Government, these new overtaking lanes are expected to reduce travel times between the Victorian and Queensland borders by around 30 minutes.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said the upgrade will improve safety for freight transport operators and motorists.
“The Australian 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,” she said.
“Our funding is key to ensuring the NSW road network is as safe and as efficient as possible.”
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison, said the $236.8 million investment is on the home stretch.
“The Newell Highway is a key regional route linking the south and north of our state, used by thousands of motorists every day,” she said.
“This is a particularly big benefit for freight operators who can more accurately plan their journeys and move valuable goods more efficiently.”