Work is continuing to upgrade a major highway in New South Wales’ north-west to provider smoother and safer journeys for freight operators and local residents.
The Kamilaroi Highway upgrade between Baan Baa and Turrawan, which has been impacted by several delays due to heavy rain and flood events, is now on track for completion by mid-2024.
Safety upgrades along the 17-kilometre section have included the installation of ‘lifesaving’ flexible barriers, wide centre lines to increase the distance between vehicles, and audio tactile line marking and other safety devices to help prevent runoff road and head-on crashes.
“This stretch of road sees a lot of heavy vehicles working on the mines, along with a lot of tourists and everyday traffic, any upgrade that improves safety is more than welcome,” said Member for Barwon, Roy Butler.
The Baan Baa to Turrawan upgrade was set to be delivered in four sections. While all major construction on the first three sections have now been completed, the work schedule for Schedule Four had to be revisited due to a series of weather-related delays.
Minor earthworks on Section Four have now been completed, and major construction work has just got underway to complete culvert widening and drainage improvements to improve the highway’s flood resilience.
Shoulder widening in Section Four is expected to start in September and will be completed by mid-2024, weather permitting.