The Newell Highway upgrade will be completed four years ahead of schedule under an ambitious new plan by the NSW Government to deliver key road projects better and faster.

The backbone of NSW freight transport is to become the testing ground for the bold new plan to deliver over 30 overtaking lanes along the Newell Highway.

Today in Moree, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey alongside Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall undertook a virtual site-seeing tour of the highway works.

Mrs Pavey said the Newell was the perfect testing ground for a plan that wants to fast track delivery of key projects from eight to four years.

“So far, more than 17 overtaking lanes have been completed, with six of those in the Moree Shire section of the highway,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This plan will improve safety, reduce travel times and improve freight productivity along the Newell Highway.”

The announcement comes as work continues on the $500 million Newell Highway upgrade, one of the big-ticket works funded through Restart funding.

Mr Marshall said the works along the 1,058 kilometre highway includes heavy-duty pavements, bypasses, realignment and road widening, bridge replacements, road pavement upgrades, overtaking lanes and flood drainage upgrades.

“The Newell Highway differs markedly from one end of the corridor to the other,” Mr Marshall said.

“Fast tracking these improvements means immediate positive impacts for communities like Moree.”

Industry representatives will be briefed shortly on the new approach. For more information on work on the Newell Highway, view http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/western-nsw/newell-highway/index.html