Coonabarabran - Newell Highway

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Project overview

The Australian and NSW Governments are funding the $187.2 million Newell Highway upgrade, Parkes Bypass. The Bypass seeks to improve connectivity, road transport efficiency and safety for local and interstate motorists. Summary text to be provided The delivery of the northbound and southbound overtaking lanes at Landervale Road about 21 kilometres south of Ardlethan is complete. The Newell Highway Program Alliance (NHPA) completed the delivery of northbound and southbound overtaking lanes and road safety improvement work, about six kilometres north of Grong Grong, in October 2021. The road safety works are funded by the Australian Government. The delivery of the northbound overtaking lane, about five kilometres north of Parkes, is now complete. Work on the two northbound overtaking lane extensions at Tap Hill, about 44 kilometres north of Gilgandra is now complete. The delivery of a new northbound overtaking lane, about six kilometres north of Tocumwal, is now complete. The delivery of the southbound overtaking lane at Fullers Road, about four kilometres south of Finley is now complete. The delivery of the southbound overtaking lane, four kilometres south of Peak Hill, is now complete. The delivery of the northbound overtaking lane at Telescope, about 15 kilometres north of Parkes is now complete. The delivery of the northbound and southbound overtaking lanes at Bundure, about 38 kilometres north of Jerilderie, is now complete. The delivery of two new overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound, 26 kilometres south of Forbes is now complete. The delivery of the southbound overtaking lane through Medway Creek, Brocklehurst, north of Dubbo is now complete. The delivery of two overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound, south of Gilgandra are now complete. The Newell Highway Program Alliance (NHPA) will commence the construction of a new southbound overtaking lane, about two kilometres north of Forbes, in May 2022. Safety improvement work, about six kilometres north of Tocumwal, was completed in June 2022. Work on new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes at three locations at Pilliga, between Coonabarabran and Narrabri started in June 2022. The delivery of the new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes at the multiple locations will take about 12 months to complete, weather permitting. The delivery of northbound and southbound overtaking lanes, about eight kilometres north of Gilgandra was completed in January 2020. The Newell Highway Program Alliance is delivering about 40 additional overtaking lanes and various safety upgrades along the Newell Highway, within about four years. The Newell Highway Program Alliance (NHPA) will commence the construction of a new southbound overtaking lane at Mirrool, about 15 kilometres north of Ardlethan, in April 2021. Work on new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes near Back Creek, about 19 kilometres north of West Wyalong, has started and will take about ten months to complete, weather permitting. The Newell Highway Program Alliance (NHPA) will commence the construction of a new pair of overtaking lanes and safety improvement work, 20 kilometres south of Forbes in June 2021. The Newell Highway Program Alliance (NHPA) completed the delivery of a southbound overtaking lane extension, about 26 kilometres south of Coonabarabran, in October 2021. Safety improvement work, near Alleena about 20 kilometres south of West Wyalong was completed in January. The Australian and NSW governments have committed funding to upgrade the Newell Highway between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla in Northern NSW. This will improve safety for motorists and reduce future maintenance requirements. The NSW Government has committed $200 million to provide flood immunity on various sections of the Newell Highway between West Wyalong and Forbes. The New South Wales Government is providing $11.5 million for planning of an upgrade of the Newell Highway at Coonabarabran. This work is part of the $500 million Newell Highway upgrade program. The Australian and NSW Governments have recently completed the upgrade of the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection as part of the $301.2 million Building a Better Dubbo program to cut down travel time, make roads safer and ease congestion in and around Dubbo. The Newell Highway is the longest highway in NSW, stretching over 1060 kilometres from the Victorian border at Tocumwal to the Queensland border at Goondiwindi, and is a National Highway. The NSW Government has committed $8.8 million to develop design concepts for the widening of the Newell Highway between Coonabarabran and Narrabri through the Pilliga – known as the Pilliga Widening project. The Australian and NSW Governments are investing $40 million to upgrade the intersection of the Newell Highway and Oxley Highway, four kilometres northeast of Coonabarabran.

Newell Highway sign at Coonabarabran

Latest news

SEP2021

SEP 2021Community Consultation Report and Submissions Report

Transport for NSW has approved the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and released the Community Consultation Report and Submissions Report for the Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran.


Twenty-eight responses were received in response to the public display of the REF and concept design.

To read more download the Community Consultation Report (PDF, 11Mb) and Submissions Report (PDF, 2.03Mb).

FEB2021

FEB 2021Review of Environmental Factors

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran was on display from 30 November 2020 to 29 January 2021.


Transport for NSW is now preparing a Submissions Report and Community Consultation Report.

We will keep the community updated as the project progresses.

DEC2020

DEC 2020Coonabarabran Bypass information session


Coonabarabran preferred options map

Coonabarabran preferred options map


Project documents


Community updates

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 November 2020 community update

Review of Environmental Factors and Concept Display

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 October 2019 community update

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran preferred option

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 May 2019 community update

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 November 2020 Frequently asked questions

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran

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 February 2020 Frequently asked questions

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran - Business and shopper surveys

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 October 2019 Frequently asked questions

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran - Coonabarabran Bypass.

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 May 2019 frequently asked questions

Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran - Display of three corridor options.

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Reports

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 Submissions report

September 2021

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 Community consultation report

September 2021

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 Community consultation summary report

September 2019

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 Preferred option report

September 2019

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Media releases

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 13 September 2021

Locals have their say on Coonabarabran Bypass

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 3 December 2020

Coonabarabran Bypass a step closer

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Contact us

For more information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 741 636

Email:newell.upgrade@transport.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Newell Highway upgrade at Coonabarabran REF, PO Box 36, Dubbo NSW 2830