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Fulton Hogan awarded contract for largest ever Newell Highway upgrade

Contract awarded for largest ever Newell Highway upgrade
Contract awarded for largest ever Newell Highway upgrade
The four priority sections included in the heavy-duty pavement upgrades, highlighted in blue. Image: NSW Government.

The contract for the largest-ever heavy duty pavement upgrade of the Newell Highway, between Narrabri and Moree in New South Wales, has now been awarded by the NSW Government.

Fulton Hogan has been selected through a tender process to carry out 27.3 kilometres of heavy-duty pavement upgrades along four priority sections of road. Works will also include intersection improvements, widening of road shoulders and the provision of five additional overtaking lanes on the highway.

The heavy duty pavement upgrade works will aim to imrpove the travel reliability, safety, flood immunity and freight producitivity of the connection.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project would improve connectivity for all road users.

“This upgrade will provide significant benefits to motorists travelling inland between Queensland and Victoria,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the project would help the region take advantage of the Inland Rail.

“This section of the Newell Highway is located within one of the most productive agricultural regions in Australia, so it’s critical that this road is up to scratch to ensure our farmers can more efficiently get their product to market, while improving safety and efficiency for all road users,” Coulton said.

The Australian Government has committed $205.7 million towards the jointly funded $261.17 million project, with the New South Wales Government contributing the remainder.

Work on the heavy duty pavement upgrades between Narrabri and Moree are expected to commence in June 2022 and be completed in late 2025. The works are expected to create around 640 jobs during construction.

For more information on the project, click here.



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