Hume Highway duplication
Linking the nation's two largest state capitals - Sydney and Melbourne - the Hume Highway is arguably Australia's most significant major highway. The opening of the Holbrook bypass in August 2013 completed the transformation from its dirt track origins into a modern, 4 lane dual carriageway highway.
Stretching a total distance of more than 800km, the completed highway provides a safer and more efficient trip for travellers and road freight between Sydney and Melbourne. The construction of 26 major bypasses in NSW has removed large trucks from local roads and towns, reducing noise and other traffic impacts on local communities.
Since 1974 the upgrade of the Hume Highway has been funded by the Federal Government.
For further information, see the history of the Hume Highway duplication.
Bypassed towns signage trial
The bypassed towns signage trial aims to encourage travellers to stop and visit bypassed towns in regional and rural NSW. Holbrook, Macksville and Berry are part of the trial.
The Old Hume Highway
Find our more info on The Old Hume Highway.
A short history of the Hume Highway (PDF, 302.03 KB) provides a brief overview of the key milestones in the highway's history.
The Old Hume Highway: history begins with a road (PDF, 9.89 MB) provides a self-guided tour of the highway, highlighting the historical significance of the towns, localities and features along its more than 500km length within NSW, from Ashfield to the Victorian border.
Our town now is an oral history telling the story of how 3 towns have changed since being bypassed, including Goulburn. It is based on original interviews with members of the local communities, and TfNSW staff who were closely involved in the planning and construction of the bypasses.
Facts and figures
- The length of the Hume in NSW runs for 514km.
- The duplication reduced travel time from Sydney to Melbourne by an estimated 3 hours.
- During construction, 60 to 70 million cubic metres of earth were moved.
- A total of 96 new bridges were built.
- 300km of new underground pipes were laid to allow adequate drainage.
- A 600km safety fence was installed.
- The duplication of the Hume Highway created more than 80,000 jobs in NSW.
- There are 22 major bypasses along the length of the Hume.
- 1.1 million tonnes of asphalt, and 2.5 million cubic metres of concrete were laid over the period of construction.
Road safety improvements
Road safety on the Hume Highway has significantly improved since the duplication project started.
The following improvements were also introduced during this construction period:
- improved road conditions
- safer vehicles
- compulsory seat belts
- better policing tools such as radar guns and breath testing.
This table provides a snap shot at the reduction of road related injuries and fatalities on the Hume Highway since 1976.
A short overview of how approaches to planning, the environment and heritage changed during the life of the Hume Highway duplication.
Access the galleries of photos and videos for both the historical and recent Hume Highway projects.
Photos from the various projects making up the Hume Highway duplication.