Newell Highway Upgrade

Under Procurement
Newell Highway Upgrade

The Newell Highway is part of the National Land Transport Network and the longest highway in New South Wales (NSW). It is the principal freight route between Melbourne and Brisbane, and is a critical link for regional producers in NSW.

The NSW Government has introduced the Newell Highway Corridor Strategy, in line with its long-term regional transport plans, to deliver safety and capacity improvements to the highway over a 20-year timeframe. Under the Strategy, short, medium and long-term investment priorities along the 1058-kilometre highway have been identified.

Key projects and programs under the Newell Highway Upgrade are listed below.


Heavy Duty Pavement Upgrades ($257 million)

The currently identified work involves heavy duty pavement upgrades along eight sections of the Newell Highway - five between Narrabri and Moree and three north of Moree. Totalling 62 kilometres, the upgrades will include:

  • widening the existing highway or constructing a new two lane highway adjacent to the existing highway-upgrade intersections and right turning lanes
  • retaining or improving the 110 kmph design speed alignments
  • improving access to private property and bus stops, and
  • providing new 1.5-kilometre long dedicated overtaking lanes in five locations between Narrabri and Moree.


New Dubbo Bridge ($220 million)

A new 545-metre bridge will connect the western shore of the Macquarie River to River Street New, providing an additional river crossing in Dubbo during floods. The New Dubbo Bridge project will also include:

  • new and upgraded intersections at Thompson Street, Whylandra Street, and the Newell Highway
  • realignment of Newell Highway with separated lanes north of Whylandra Street, and
  • an intersection upgrade at Bourke Street and River Street.


Parkes Bypass ($187 million)

This project involves a new 10.5-kilometre bypass about two kilometres west of Parkes. Features include:

  • a single-lane road (each direction) with five intersections
  • two bridges
  • extension of Hartigan Avenue
  • realignment, reconfiguration and modification to local roads, and
  • a new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists along the bypass.


Additional overtaking Lanes

The New South Wales Government formed the Newell Highway Program Alliance to initially deliver about 30 overtaking lanes, in addition to the 20 previously delivered. With more Federal funding in the 2020-21 Budget, a further ten overtaking lanes were added to the scope of the project. In total, this program of work will result in the construction of a minimum of 45 kilometres of new overtaking lanes, delivering them in four years, instead of the initial timeframe of eight years.

Key Dates

Jan 2019 Additional Overtaking Lanes Contract Awarded
Aug 2021 Parkes Bypass Contract Awarded
Sep 2021 RFTs Open for Heavy Duty Pavements, Narrabri to Moree, Stage One
Nov 2021 Expected Construction Commencement: Parkes Bypass
2022 Expected Construction Commencement: Heavy Duty Pavement Upgrades
2024 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
NSW Government

The full funding allocation for the Newell Highway Upgrade as well as the total estimated cost of the project is not clear.


Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Successful Tenderer: Additional Overtaking Lanes: Newell Highway Program Alliance (BMD and AECOM), and Parkes Bypass: Georgiou Group.
Related contracts:
Design: Widening between Coonabarabran and Narrabri
Successful Tenderer - Arup


Jan 2019 BMD and AECOM was awarded the contract for Newell Highway Program Alliance.
Oct 2020 In its 2020-21 Budget, the Federal Government committed a total of $592 million for various upgrades across the highway.
Nov 2020 In its 2020-21 Budget, the New South Wales Government allocated $400 million in joint funding across the forward estimates.
Nov 2020 Following funding in the Federal Budget, the New South Wales Government announced that an additional ten overtaking lanes will be constructed through the Newell Highway Program Alliance, bringing the total overtaking lanes under the program to 40.
Feb 2021 Infrastructure Australia added the Parkes Bypass as a Priority Project on its Infrastructure Priority List.
Mar 2021 The NSW Government issued Requests For Tenders for the construction of the Parkes Bypass, closing 13 May. Separate RFTs were also issued for an electrical works package and an early works fencing package, closing 30 March.
Jun 2021 In its 2021-22 Budget, the NSW Government allocated $873 million over the next four years, including $224 million in FY2021-22.
Aug 2021 Georgiou Group was awarded the construction contract for the Parkes Bypass section of the project. Separately, Transport for NSW invited bidders for a market briefing on the procurement for Newell Highway Heavy Duty Pavements, Narrabri to Moree - Stage One. The tender process was expected to commence in late September, closing in November 2021.
Sep 2021 The NSW Government awarded ARUP a $7 million design contract for widening work on the highway between Coonabarabran and Narrabri.
Sep 2021 The NSW Government called for registrations of interest in delivery of new overtaking lanes along the Newell Highway between Coonabarabran and Narrabri, with registration closing on 5 October.
Sep 2021 Request for Tender (RFT) opened to pre-qualified contractors for the construction of the Newell Highway Heavy Duty Pavements, Narrabri to Moree, Stage One, closing on 19 November.
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Alliance |
New South Wales |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (near-term, 0-5 years)
Tender notices