A new overtaking lane will be built on the Newell Highway near Narrandera, New South Wales, as part of the $1.7 billion Newell Highway upgrade.
NSW Minister for Regional Roads and Transport, Sam Farraway, said the upgrade will allow for better traffic flow around heavy vehicles and semi-trailers.
“The new northbound overtaking lane will provide another safe opportunity for motorists to pass slow-moving and heavy vehicles including semi-trailers and vehicles towing caravans that regularly use this route,” he said.
Work is expected to start in the middle of the year on the overtaking lane near Bundidgerry Road, which will increase safety of all road users as part of the government’s commitment to improve road conditions.
“Up to 40 new overtaking lanes and road safety improvements are being delivered along the Newell Highway delivering on our Government’s commitment to build what matters to improve daily life for people living and traveling through regional NSW,” he said.
Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, said the new overtaking lanes are a vital investment in regional road safety.
“The major upgrade taking place along the Newell Highway will reduce the dangerous risks that can come on long journey when motorists become frustrated at not being able to safely pass slower vehicles,” he said.
“Anything we can do to reduce fatalities on our roads is a good thing. One death is one too many and too many deaths occur on country roads.”
Work on the Bundidgerry Road overtaking lane will be carried out on a two-week roster:
- Week 1: 7am to 6pm from Tuesday to Friday, 8am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
- Week 2: 7am to 6pm from Monday to Thursday, no work from Friday to Monday.
Traffic conditions will be in place including reduced speed limits of 40 km/h and 60 km/h during work hours and 80 km/h after hours, along with occasional lane closures.
In other news, road improvements are expected to boost B-triple access.