Safety boost continues along Kamilaro Highway


1 September 2021

Work to boost safety on the Kamilaroi Highway between Baan Baa and Turrawan is powering ahead, with the next round of safety treatments about to be delivered.

NSW Upper House MP, Sam Farraway said the work is part stage three of the $26.4 million upgrade, which is being delivered as part of the Saving Lives on Country Roads program.

“The second stage of the project, to be completed in September, will see delivery of dual, 1.8-kilometre overtaking lanes, as well as highway widening work and the installation of safety barriers,” Mr Farraway said.

“We’re excited to now start the next stage of work, which will see the installation of both a centre barrier and edge barriers, the widening of about three kilometres of highway, and the construction of a pullover bay for oversized vehicles.

“In addition to providing a safer highway for motorists and the surrounding local communities, this stage of the work will see up to 15 jobs supported in the region.”

Mr Farraway said the safety upgrades would also provide peace of mind for those travelling along the Kamilaroi Highway.

“Sadly, this busy stretch of highway has seen a disproportionately high number of fatal crashes over the years.

“In the seven years to 2019, there were 18 reported crashes on this section of the highway, with four of them fatal, and seven serious.

“Investing in measures such as safety barriers and road widening will help reduce the incidence and severity of crashes, and ensure that people setting out on a journey will make it home safely.”

Vegetation clearing is currently underway, with major work to follow shortly. This stage of work is expected to be completed in April 2022, weather permitting.

The project comprises of four stages of work, with the final stage expected to be completed in 2023.

For more information, visit Kamilaroi Highway safety upgrade Baan Baa to Turrawan.