Delivery of new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes and road safety improvement work at Alleena, about 20 kilometres south of West Wyalong, was completed in October 2022. These works were joint-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments.
Transport for NSW has partnered with BMD and AECOM to form the Newell Highway Program Alliance.
The strategic partnership will deliver about 40 additional overtaking lanes in an estimated four years rather than the likely eight years it would take to fund and deliver this work using traditional procurement methods.
This innovative delivery mode will result in a minimum of 60 kilometres of new overtaking lanes to improve safety, reduce travel times, allow more accurate travel planning and improve freight efficiency.
The new overtaking lanes are expected to provide around 33 minutes of travel time savings along the length of the Newell Highway from the Victorian to the Queensland border.
The Australian Government announced $76.54 million for safety improvement works to be carried out adjacent to six of the overtaking lane projects.
The road safety improvement work includes widening the road shoulders and centreline, and installing rumble strips along the highway.
The completion of the overtaking lanes and road safety improvement works on this section of the Newell Highway will provide road users with a safer road, an increase in road capacity and overtaking opportunities helping improve journey reliability and travel times.
Other benefits of the project include:
- improved safety for all road users
- reduced travel times
- more accurate travel planning
- improved freight efficiency.
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- December 2022 Alleena Postcard
Alleena overtaking lanes and road safety improvement works north of Grong Grong.
- July 2021 project notification
Safety improvement work, up to 20 kilometres south of West Wyalong, started in July 2021.