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Vegetation clearing, drainage improvements, strengthening and overlaying existing road, are all examples of construction work that will improve the section of the Newell Highway near Godwins Lane.  

Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, joined the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant and Nationals Candidate for Dubbo, Duglad Saunders today to announce works near Godwins Lane would commence this month.

Minister Pavey said the $4.8 million investment would enable the required safety improvements on this section of the Newell Highway.

“Under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government, the Newell Highway has seen significant improvement, we have upgraded and strengthened this corridor, the backbone of NSW freight transport,” Mrs Pavey said.

“These works ensure that we continue to deliver safer and easier travel times for all road users”


  • Work includes vegetation, drainage improvements as well as strengthening and overlaying the existing road.
  • Road upgrade work to start Monday 29 October.
  • Work will take place on weekdays between 7am and 6pm and between 7am to 4pm Saturdays.

Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, said the work was required to improve safety for all roads users, and would reduce future maintenance costs.

“The vegetation clearing will improve sight lines for motorists, further drainage improvements as well as strengthening and overlaying the existing road to provide an improved surface and widened formation will ensure a smoother, longer lasting road,” Mr Grant said.

Nationals candidate for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders said that Roads, Maritime and Services were doing to the best to ensure these works would have minimal effect on the Dubbo community.

“Traffic barriers will be installed for crew members to work behind, enabling two lanes of traffic to remain open. This means decreased delays for road users and a safer work environment for crew,” Mr Saunders said.