Project overview

Work to construct a new southbound overtaking lane at Daroobalgie, about two kilometres north of Forbes was completed in August 2023.


Project information


Transport for NSW have partnered with BMD and AECOM to form the Newell Highway Program Alliance.

The strategic partnership will deliver 38 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 mode of delivery will result in approximately 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 new southbound lane extends for about 1.5 kilometres along the Newell Highway about two kilometres north of Forbes.

A new pavement was also constructed across the full width of the highway. This approach will improve durability and reduce future maintenance costs.

Work on the new overtaking lane was completed in July 2023.

Map showing of Daroobalgie overtaking lane


Now completed, road users travelling on the Newell Highway north of Forbes will experience increased overtaking opportunities to help improve journey reliability.

Other benefits of the project include:

  • improved safety for motorists and road users
  • reduced travel times
  • more accurate travel planning
  • improved freight efficiency.

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