Construction of three overtaking lanes and widening of the Mitchell Highway between Dubbo and Narromine is on track to commence before the end of the year.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said environmental studies, geotechnical investigations and utility works on the Lagoon Creek, Mylangra and Tantitha sites have been completed, and a detailed design is now being put together by staff from Transport for NSW (TfNSW).
“The need for these overtaking lanes was identified in discussions I had with the community prior to the 2019 election and I committed to making them a reality,” Mr Saunders said.
“Since then the project has grown into a $30 million upgrade, with the work designed to improve safety and travel times between Dubbo and Narromine. It’s part of the NSW Government’s concerted effort to create a safer, stronger regional NSW.
“Initial investigations have been carried out and the TfNSW staff members are reviewing the design and environmental studies.
“As it stands, work on the first overtaking lane is scheduled to start in late 2021 and each lane should take four or five months to construct. The whole project, which also includes 23km of audio-tactile markings and widening of the road, will make a massive difference for locals every day.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new 1.5km overtaking lanes will improve safety and travel times for all road users travelling the 38km route between Dubbo and Narromine.
“The Central West is the third-largest contributor to the NSW economy and the Mitchell Highway is a crucial freight and tourism link for that region, Mr Toole said.
“The overtaking lanes will allow for more efficient journeys not only for freight vehicles, but also thousands of residents commuting to work between Dubbo and Narromine every day.”