Hwy upgrade to boost B-triple access

Design work on the Newell Highway and Oxley Highway intersection has begun, with the $1.7 billion upgrade expected to improve safety and traffic flow for high productivity heavy vehicles.

The detailed design is due to be finalised later this year before a contract is awarded to carry out the work in like 2024.

New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said the major road improvement will achieve better freight efficiency.

“The Newell Highway is the freight backbone of NSW and this upgrade will improve travel efficiency for all road users,” he said. “In particular, it will provide better access for heavy vehicles travelling between major rural routes and economic centres.”

“This upgrade will deliver noticeable benefits for both the agriculture and mining industries in terms of travel time savings and reducing heavy vehicle trips and operating costs.”

Farraway said the existing intersection is a T junction, which gives priority to Oxley Highway’s traffic over the Newell Highway traffic. According to him, the aim of the design work is to improve travel time and reduce the risk of crashing at the location.

“These are important pieces of infrastructure that are critical to improving daily life for our truckies and other motorists using our roads,” he said.

The Australian Government has committed $32 million along with the NSW Government’s $8 million to achieve the design and planning requirements.

“We will continue to work collaboratively to analyse traffic volumes to ensure we have the best treatments for the most efficient use of this important part of the NSW road network, to ensure the best outcomes for all road users,” he said.

Construction is due to start in early 2025, with hopes of opening the intersection to traffic by mid-2026.

In other news, improved Performance-Based Standards (PBS) processes will enable more productive heavy vehicle combinations to travel along Kamilaroi Highway.