Tenders called for $94M Newell Highway upgrade

The Australian and New South Wales Governments are calling for tenders to upgrade the highway between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla, north of Moree, following the approval of federal funding.The Australian and New South Wales Governments are calling for tenders to upgrade the Newell Highway between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla, north of Moree, following the approval of federal funding.

The Australian Government has approved $61.35 million funding for the $94 million project, which aims to improve safety along the key transport link, freight efficiency and reduce future maintenance costs.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the project would provide new road surfacing, 3.5-metre-wide lanes in each direction, intersection improvements, widening of road shoulders and two new overtaking lanes.

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“The upgrade will also include a one-metre-wide centreline treatment to allow more room between vehicles, improving safety for all motorists travelling along this important section of road, which in the past has been the scene of some tragic accidents,” Mr. Coulton said.

New South Wales Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said good progress had been made on the project to date, with the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and a submissions report addressing feedback from the community on the REF made available earlier this year.

“I am keen to see progress continue as we work towards mid-2018 for the first sod turn. Qualified contractors are asked to tender for this work by the middle of February 2018,” Mr. Marshall said.

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