A major upgrade to the heavily trafficked freight route between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabillaw has opened in time for the Christmas break but final work will continue over the coming months before the 110kph speed limit is applied.
The upgrade began in November 2018 and the first eighteen kilometre stage was opened to traffic in May of this year.
The scope of work for the upgrade was to provide 3.5 metre wide lanes in each direction, intersection improvements, widening of road shoulders and provision of two new overtaking lanes.
The upgrade also includes a wide centreline to allow more room between vehicles, and improve safety along this important section of road, which was known for being narrow and uneven.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the upgrade would provide improved motorist safety and freight efficiency.
“Infrastructure projects like the Newell Highway are forging ahead to support jobs and the local economy in my electorate during these challenging times,” Mr Coulton said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the upgrade was great news for the freight industry which would now experience a safer, smoother and faster journey along this part of the Newell Highway.
“The Australian and NSW Governments have invested $122 million to transform this section of the Newell Highway, which is a major freight corridor connecting Queensland to Victoria through inland NSW,” Mr McCormack said.
“This forms part of a broader commitment of $700 million in upgrades for the Newell Highway to make sure goods and produce are moved safer and more efficiently from Brisbane all the way to Melbourne.”