Next phase of work steaming ahead for the Barton Highway


The duplication of the Barton Highway is forging ahead with the focus now turning to construction of several intersections along a seven-kilometre stretch as part of Stage 1.

The Australian Government has committed $150 million towards both stages, while the New South Wales Government has funded $50 million for the Barton Highway Upgrade.

The funding is being utilised across two stages with the Barton Highway Upgrade Package already under construction and the Barton Highway Corridor Upgrade in planning.

Work starts on the southern connection at the NSW and Australian Capital Territory border on Monday 12 September. Work will be carried between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and 8am and 1pm Saturday, excluding public holidays, and is expected to be completed in early 2023.

Early planning of Stage 2 of the Barton Highway upgrade is continuing with Aboriginal cultural consultation and concept design beginning for the next stretch of works.

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Quotes attributable to Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“We are committed to upgrading this key regional road link to improve road safety, particularly for commuters to and from the ACT from the surrounding region.

“These upgrades will also enhance tourism, drive economic growth and create vibrant regional spaces.”

Quotes attributable to NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway:

“The duplication of this highway will be a game changer for locals, visitors and the freight industry travelling between NSW and the ACT each day.

“This is one of the busiest stretches of road for the region. The NSW Government is securing a brighter future for NSW families by duplicating the Barton Highway to ensure a safer and smoother journey for all road users.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Minister and Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain:

“Work is set to steam ahead in the coming months, with motorists and residents set to see significant progress along the upgrade route.

“This will include next section of stabilising gravel base material to go down, further intersection upgrades, developing the north and south connections to the existing highway as well as the start of placement of the new road surface.

“I know the local community is really keen to see these works progress because once complete, the duplicated Barton Highway will make a real difference to residents’ daily lives.”

Quotes attributable to NSW Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman:

“As one of the most used highways in the Canberra region, this project will transform travel for people living in or around Yass, Murrumbateman and Gunning.

“We have seen a huge amount of progress recently with extensive drainage works now complete. It is exciting to see this duplication take shape and I know it will make a huge difference and ensure a better, more efficient connection to the ACT.”