A $7 million contract has been awarded to lead the design on the widening work on the Newell Highway, bringing the project a step closer to completion.

New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said contractor ARUP was selected to partner with Transport for NSW to deliver the design work.

“Getting the design right is an important step in the Pilliga Widening Project which will improve travel times and provide safer and more reliable journeys for all road users travelling the state’s longest highway,” Mr Toole said.

“Widening the highway will include a one metre wide centre line and flatter slopes on the embankments either side of the highway, to make it safer for everyone.”

Member of the Legislative Council, Sam Farraway, said ARUP will also manage field survey, geotechnical testing and the environmental assessment for this project.

“Up to 50 jobs will be supported during this phase of the project, which is expected to take about 29 months to complete,” Mr Farraway said.

“We will keep the community informed every step of the way as the design of the Highway takes shape.”

Field survey work is expected to take place over the next six months.

More information on the Pilliga Widening project is available at https://nswroads.work/pilliga

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