New England Highway upgrade to widen lanes for trucks


Federal Government calls for tenders to upgrade the New England Highway, which will deliver wider roads for heavy vehicles

The Federal Government is calling for tenders to upgrade the New England Highway, which will deliver wider roads for heavy vehicles.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese says the upgrade will improve traffic flows and safety as well as increase road freight productivity.

The section to be upgraded is 17km north of Armidale between the Hunter and New England regions.

"Two truck pull-over areas are also being constructed at the northern and southern ends of the section," NSW Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal says.

The highway is a major route for heavy transport from Sydney to Brisbane, carrying more than 450 heavy vehicles a day, according to a statement from Albanese.

He says the intended upgrade is on a route notorious for its crash history over the past 10 years.

"The Australian Government is working with the NSW Government to plan for and deliver on infrastructure projects that will help drive economic growth across the New England region," Albanese says.

"The project will greatly improve road conditions along this two km length of the highway by removing crests and tight curves so that vehicles can safely travel at 100km/h."

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