A $12 million safety upgrade has been completed at Mitchell Highway, improving safety for commuters traveling between Nyngan and Bourke.
From 2021 the project has been carried out by Bogan and Bourke County Councils on behalf of Transport for NSW.
The work consisted of applying road safety treatments to several sections of motorway, totaling almost 47 km.
Previously, this stretch of highway had only a small sealed width, with multiple breaks and edge breaks that can increase the risk of traffic accidents. There was also little room for correction if vehicles went off the road.
By installing one meter wide sealed shoulders on both sides of the road along the motorway section, the project has significantly reduced this risk of an accident.
NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway said the route was popular among commuters and freight transport.
“The NSW Government is ensuring a brighter future for NSW through our investment in road safety to ensure people reach their destination when driving on our roads,” Mr Farraway said.
“The Mitchell Highway is a popular road for travelers and freight in the NSW region, and this particular section is an important link to the Queensland region.
“Now complete, this $12 million investment will provide a safer journey for motorists, with less ongoing maintenance and heavy repairs required.”
The upgrade was jointly funded by the Federal Government’s Road Safety Program and the Government of New South Wales as part of a commitment to implement upgrades and safety improvements on highways. regional roads.
Other works included selective re-shaping of the roadway on the existing alignment, as well as drainage improvements.
A final seal will be applied within 18 months after which edge line rumble strips will be installed.