Improving safety on the Kamilaroi Highway


14 August 2020

Two new overtaking lanes are among a $26.4 million suite of safety works on the Kamilaroi Highway to deliver safer journeys between Baan Baa and Turrawan.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the latest works to start later this month formed the second of four stages to the upgrade, and were being delivered as part of the Saving Lives on Country Roads program.

“The first stage of the project to be completed in September saw upgrades to a four-kilometre stretch along the highway south-east from Turrawan Road, including culvert extensions, road widening and an upgrade to a school bus stop and turning bay,” Mr Toole said.

“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.

“In addition to delivering safer and smoother journeys for motorists, this stage of work will see about 40 jobs supported in the region.”

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,” Mr 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.

“The upgrade will also see improvements to the road surface, widening of the highway and the installation of safety barriers to help those who set off on a journey return home safe.”

Work will start on 24 August, and is expected to be completed in June 2021, weather permitting. There are four stages of work in the project, and the final stage is expected to be completed in 2023. For more information visit Kamilaroi Highway safety upgrade Baan Baa to Turrawan.