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New overtaking lane opens as part of $32 million Mitchell Highway upgrade

A new overtaking lane has opened between Dubbo and Narromine in NSW’s central west, as the $32 million Mitchell Highway upgrade project gets closer to completion.

This means two of the three new overtaking lanes being installed along the 36-kilometre stretch are now complete, with Wynsley Lane open to traffic.

“Having the Wynsley Lane overtaking lane in use means all road users can travel more efficiently while we continue work on this important upgrade,” said Transport for NSW Regional Director West Alistair Lunn.

Work is also underway on the third and final overtaking lane at Mylangra, heading from Narromine towards Dubbo. It is due to be completed early next year.

“While these overtaking lanes are a significant aspect of this project, we’re also doing other improvements including road widening, a one-metre-wide centreline and safety barriers,” Lunn added.

“Intersection upgrades at Wynsley Lane and Lagoon Creek are complete, and rehabilitation works near Mylangra are expected to be finished by mid next year, marking the overall project completion.”

Traffic heading from Dubbo to Narromine will be able to use the Lagoon Creek overtaking lane located 20 kilometres from Dubbo, in early 2024, weather permitting.

While complete, Transport for NSW says the opening of the Lagoon Creek overtaking lane to traffic has been delayed as part of a traffic management plan for the construction of the Mylangra overtaking lane.

Traffic heading from Dubbo to Narromine is now using the Wynsley Lane overtaking lane, which is about 10 kilometres east of Narromine.

The final of the three overtaking lanes, 25 kilometres west of Dubbo at Mylangra, is still under construction.

“We have been working hard to minimise impacts to road users while this important project is underway,” Lunn said.

“At the Wynsley Lane site, for example, we moved traffic onto temporary pavement in March this year to allow traffic to flow in both directions while we continued our safety upgrades.

“Once complete, the Mitchell Highway, Dubbo to Narromine project will provide safer and more efficient travel for all motorists.”

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