A section of the Mitchell Highway

The $12 million safety upgrade to the Mitchell Highway, which saw the application of road safety treatments along several sections of highway, totalling almost 47km, is now complete.

This major project started in April 2021 and was carried out by Bogan and Bourke shire councils on behalf of Transport for NSW.

Motorists are now enjoying safer travel between Nyngan and Bourke, where previously the section of highway only had a narrow sealed width, with multiple edge breaks and failures which can increase the risk of run-off road crashes. 

There was also little room for correction if vehicles left the road. 

By installing one metre-wide sealed shoulders on both sides of the road along the section of highway, that crash risk significantly reduced.

The upgrade was funded jointly by the Federal Government’s Road Safety Program and the New South Wales Government as part of a commitment to implement safety upgrades and improvements on regional roads.

Other work included selective reshaping of the pavement on the existing alignment, as well as drainage improvements.

A final seal will be applied within 18 months, after which rumble strips on the edge line will be installed.

Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Carol Brown, said investment in critical regional infrastructure and services has a huge impact on the lives of Australians across the country.

“The Mitchell Highway is a popular route for travellers and for freight in regional NSW, and this particular stretch is an important link into regional Queensland.

“It’s pleasing to see investment in upgrading the highway improve safety and efficiency for all travellers to ensure they reach their destinations safely.”

New South Wales Regional Transport and Roads Minister, Sam Farraway, said the investment will provide a safer journey for motorists, with less ongoing maintenance and heavy patching required.

“The New South Wales Government is securing a brighter future for New South Wales through our investment in road safety to ensure people reach their destination when driving on our roads.

“The Mitchell Highway is a popular route for travellers and for freight in regional NSW, and this particular stretch is an important link into regional Queensland.

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