Project overview

Work to construct new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes and road safety improvement work at Firetail, about six kilometres north of Grong Grong was completed in October 2021.

Project information


Transport for NSW has 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 northbound and southbound overtaking lanes extend for about one and a half kilometres along the highway, about six kilometres north of Grong Grong.

Firetail map


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

Other benefits of the project include:

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

Project documents

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Project notifications

  • Firetail postcard

    Firetail overtaking lanes and road safety improvement works north of Grong Grong.

  • November 2020 project notification
    Work to start on new overtaking lanes on the Newell Highway between Ardlethan and Grong Grong, from Wednesday 4 November 2020.