Work is set to begin next week on the second of three stages of pavement rehabilitation to improve safety on the Newell Highway.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the NSW Government has funded $3.5 million for this stage of work which will provide a safer and stronger road on a 1.8-kilometre section of the Newell Highway West of Grong Grong.

“Resurfacing and widening this stretch of road will improve the safety and driving experience for motorists,” Ms Cooke said.

“These enhancements will make the road more reliable, reducing the need for regular maintenance.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the NSW Government is committed to ensuring a safe and reliable road network for motorists across the state. 

“The Newell Highway is the main inland road link from Victoria to Queensland. It is used as a major freight transport route and connects a number of inland urban centres, including Dubbo and Parkes, Mr Farraway said.

“This work follows from the $2.5 million worth of road rehabilitation safety improvements carried on a 1.4-kilometre section of the Newell Highway near Gawnes Road in 2019. Stage 2 will continue these improvements further west along the Newell.”

Work on road rehabilitation, road widening, line marking and vegetation removal will start near Gawnes Road and join up with the Newell Highway realignment at Grong Grong.

Work will be carried out between 6am and 6pm Monday to Friday from Monday 16 May until Friday 9 September, weather permitting.

Traffic control, single lane closures and reduced speed limit of 40 km/h will be in place during work. Motorist are advised to allow for an additional five minutes travel time.

Transport for NSW thanks motorists for their patience while work is carried out. For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW app.