Newell Highway Upgrade - New Dubbo Bridge project


Project overview

Together, the Australian and New South Wales Governments are investing $220.2 million in the New Dubbo Bridge project to improve traffic congestion in Dubbo and enhance access across the Macquarie River during flood events.

Latest news

May 2023 – Changed traffic conditions at the Mitchell Highway and Thompson Street intersection

From Monday 29 May, we will commence shoulder widening at the intersection of Mitchell Highway and Thompson Street.

As part of these works, a detour will be in place from 6am to 6pm on Sunday 18 June.

Find out more by reading the project notification letter (PDF, 372.82 KB).

May 2023 - Temporary closure of Wiradjuri Park in Dubbo from 18 May

As part of the New Dubbo Bridge project work, Wiradjuri Park will be temporary closed to allow for construction of the new road alignment. Plans to beautify Wiradjuri Park are being developed and we will be consulting with the local Aboriginal community, residents, and key stakeholders.

For more information view the project notification (PDF, 445.81 KB).

Apr 2023 - Traffic changes for piling work

As piling work commences for construction of the New Dubbo Bridge, temporary traffic changes will be put in place to accommodate the piling rig.

For more information, view the project notification (PDF, 236.05 KB).

Mar 2023 - Start of Major Work for New Dubbo Bridge

Major work is underway on the New Dubbo Bridge project. We will keep the community updated with any construction updates and impacts.

For more information, read the full media release or download the project notification (PDF, 332.89 KB).

Jan 2023 - Closure of Brisbane Street from 9 January

Work is currently underway on the new Brisbane and Darling Street intersection as part of the New Dubbo Bridge project.

As part of these works, Brisbane Street between Myall Street and River Streer will be closed from Monday 9 January for 2 months with a detour in place.

Find out more by reading the project notification letter.

Dec 2022 - Start of preparation for New Dubbo Bridge main works

In preparation for main works on the New Dubbo Bridge project, Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure will begin site establishment and investigation works. Work will take place in various locations across the project site, starting in December 2022 and continuing into the start of 2023.

No work will take place over Christmas, New Year, or the Australia Day public holiday. For more information, including a map of the site locations, read the project notification.

Project information


The New Dubbo Bridge provides a second high level river crossing in Dubbo during flood events and will maintain reliability for local, commuter and heavy freight traffic through Dubbo during these events.

Following investigation of six strategic options and community consultation, River Street was announced as the preferred route for the new bridge in May 2017.

The preferred option has been chosen to improve freight efficiency on the Newell Highway, reduce traffic congestion and provide an additional route during flood events. It will assist in easing congestion in Dubbo when needed most.


The 660 metre bridge will connect the western side of the Macquarie River to River Street, travelling over the flood plain west of the river. The Newell Highway Upgrade - New Dubbo Bridge project will also include:

  • New and upgraded intersections at Whylandra Street, and the Newell Highway
  • Realigning the Newell Highway with new separated lanes north of Whylandra Street
  • Upgrading the intersection at Bourke Street and River Street.

What is happening now?

Transport for NSW’s Head Contractor for the New Dubbo Bridge project, Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, commenced the first stage of the major construction work in early April 2023.

Work is underway with piling on land. Piles create a strong foundation for the bridge and are expected to be completed by late 2023, weather permitting.

Utility investigations have commenced at the intersection of River and Bourke Street and Whylandra and Thompson Street. To enable these works, the road shoulders of Bourke and River Street will be closed.

Transport for NSW will continue to update the community with any construction updates and impacts.

The project is providing significant employment opportunities as well as local and regional benefits to the Central West throughout the major work phase.

What happens next?

River piling will start from mid-June, depending on weather and the river water level.

This activity is continuous, noisy, and vibration will be felt in the surrounding area. We will make every effort to minimise impacts during the work.

Noise and vibration monitoring will also be carried out. If there is any other way that we can support you during these works, please let us know.

Review of Environmental Factors

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) assesses the potential social and environmental impacts of the project and identifies ways to minimise these impacts. View or download a copy of of the REF main report. The full report is on the project documents page.


Project map

View or download the project map.


New Dubbo Bridge - Artist impression

Artist impression

Community information

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Displays and posters




Project documents

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If you are having trouble accessing information in these documents, please contact us.


Community updates


Media releases

  • 1 March 2023
    Construction begins on the New Dubbo Bridge
  • 1 August 2022

    The first phase of the New Dubbo Bridge project is now underway.

  • 14 July 2022

    Contract awarded to build intersection as part of the New Dubbo Bridge project.

  • 12 July 2021

    Investigation works underway on new Dubbo Bridge.

Submissions reports

Consultation reports

Addendum Review of Environmental Factors

Preferred option report

Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 803 818