Major milestone for Barton Highway as traffic moves to new alignment

The Barton Highway Upgrade will hit its biggest milestone to date this month as the first vehicles travel on the final alignment for the first time.

The Australian and New South Wales governments have together committed $200 million towards the upgrade of the Barton Highway, with $150 million provided by the Australian Government and $50 million by the NSW Government.

All northbound Barton Highway traffic will switch onto the new lanes, while work is carried out to prepare the existing highway for southbound-only traffic.

When the reconfiguration of the existing highway is complete, the seven-kilometre length of duplication from just north of the NSW-ACT border to just south of Kaveneys Road intersection, will be open to four lanes, signalling the completion of the first stage of the Barton Highway upgrade.

Planning is now well under way for the second stage of duplication, which will start at the northern end of the first stage, near Kaveneys Road, and extend north towards Gooda Creek Road.

The Barton Highway project team will be at the upcoming Murrumbateman Field Days on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October at Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds at site Y35 where the community can find out the latest updates on the project. Transport for NSW will also be promoting road safety and its Be Truck Aware campaign at sites Y36 and Y37.

More information will be shared with the community about the traffic switch, completion of the first stage of duplication, and next steps for the southern tie-in and second stage of duplication when available.

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Fast facts

  • 254,000 cubic metres of earthwork completed
  • 60,000 tonnes of asphalt