Newell Highway Upgrade - New Dubbo Bridge project

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Project overview

The Australian and New South Wales Governments are jointly funding the New Dubbo Bridge project to improve traffic congestion in Dubbo and enhance access across the Macquarie River during flood events.

Latest news

February 2024 – Wide load / oversize overmass (OSOM) detour from Friday 16 February

Motorists are advised of a wide load / OSOM detour being implemented on the Newell Highway between Victoria Street and Thompson Street in Dubbo from Friday 16 February 2024 until December 2025.

Wide loads / OSOM 4.8m or greater in width, travelling northbound only, will need to detour via the Mitchell Highway and Thompson Street.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, follow the directions of signs and traffic control, and allow up to five minutes of extra travel time.

Transport for NSW thanks motorists for their patience during this work.

February 2024 - Work continuing: Thompson, Whylandra, Bourke and River Streets in Dubbo.

Construction is continuing at various locations in Dubbo over the next two months.

Read more about these works by reading our February notification letter (PDF, 563.66 KB).

 

January 2024 - Community update

For all the latest news on the New Dubbo Bridge project, read the January 2024 community update (PDF, 1.16 MB).

December 2023 - The next major milestone for the New Dubbo Bridge project is now underway

The next major milestone for the New Dubbo Bridge is now underway, with the placement of the first of more than one hundred, 60-tonne girders each spanning almost 34 metres, between the vertical pillars.

Read the full media release here.

December 2023 - Work continuing: Thompson, Whylandra, Bourke and River Streets in Dubbo.

Construction is continuing at various locations in Dubbo throughout the next eight weeks.

Read more about these works and construction over the holiday period by reading our December notification letter (PDF, 242.22 KB).

November 2023 - Planned power outage on Sunday 12 November

As part of our construction program, we will be relocating and installing utilities on River Street between Bourke and Darling Street. This includes relocating and replacing high voltage power poles. 

To enable this work, there will be a power outage along River Street on Sunday 12 November from 8am - 5pm. 

Find out more by reading the project notification letter (PDF, 253.89 KB).  

October 2023 - Work continuing: Thompson, Whylandra, Bourke and River Streets in Dubbo

As part of the New Dubbo Bridge project, construction is continuing at various locations in Dubbo during October and November 2023.

There will be changed traffic conditions at two locations, including the intersection of Bourke and River Streets, and the intersection of Whylandra and Thompson Streets.

Find out more by reading the project notification letter. (PDF, 240.65 KB)

September 2023 - Tree removal on Bourke Street at the intersection of River Street

August 2023 - Community update

For all the latest news on the New Dubbo Bridge project, read the latest community update (PDF, 3.43 MB).

August 2023 - Permanent closure of River Street from August

As part of the New Dubbo Bridge project, construction is continuing at various locations in Dubbo during August and September 2023.

There will be continuation of land piling, commencement of river piling, delivery of girders, and changed traffic conditions including the permanent closure of River Street between Brisbane and Bourke Streets.

For more information, read the full media release or download the project notification letter. (PDF, 730.81 KB)

August 2023 - Name the Crane Competition

Local primary school students in the Dubbo Regional Council area have a wonderful opportunity to name the tower crane that is on-site to assist with the construction of the new Dubbo Bridge.

Students are invited to colour-in a drawing of the crane and suggest a name for the crane on the entry form. The winning name will not only receive fantastic prizes but will also be proudly displayed on a banner attached to the tower crane, visible to the entire community.

Best Crane Name

The chosen name will be showcased using a flag on the crane, and the winning student will receive a $200 book or sporting goods voucher for their school.

The top colouring-in submissions will also be awarded prizes across the following categories:

  • K-2 Winner $100 book or sporting goods voucher
  • K-2 Runner-up $50 book or sporting goods voucher
  • 3-6 Winner $100 book or sporting goods voucher
  • 3-6 Runner-up $50 book or sporting goods voucher

A diverse selection of student entries will be displayed at the New Dubbo Bridge Office (4/36 Darling Street, Dubbo) and the winner of the 'Best Crane Name' will receive an invitation to attend a crane-naming ceremony, with the specific date yet to be announced.

 

 

For questions or further information, email Jlinehan@abergeldie.com

Competition closes 5pm 31 August 2023

August 2023 - First of 123 girders delivered from Newcastle to Dubbo

123 girders will be delivered to Dubbo between now and August 2024, to be added to the structure that will become the New Dubbo bridge. For more information view the full media release.

June 2023 - Changed traffic conditions in June and July

As part of the New Dubbo Bridge project, construction is continuing at various locations in Dubbo during June and July 2023.

There will be changed traffic conditions at two locations, including the intersection of Bourke and River Streets, and the intersection of Whylandra and Thompson Streets.

Find out more by reading the project notification letter (PDF, 1007.8 KB).

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).

April 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).

March 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).

January 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.

December 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 (PDF, 650.84 KB).

Project information

Background

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.

Features

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

Maps

Plans

 

Project documents

Some documents on this page may not comply with accessibility requirements (WCAG).

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

 

Community updates

Reports

Media releases

  • 16 August 2023
    Monster logistical challenge unfolds for New Dubbo Bridge
  • 11 August 2023
    Changing face of Dubbo: What’s ahead for the new bridge?
  • 8 August 2023
    Local school children invited to 'Name the Crane' and be part of the New Dubbo Bridge project
  • 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

Email:dubboprojects@transport.nsw.gov.au