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New England Highway upgrade driving ahead


It’s a sight to put smiles on the faces of Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell and thousands of Hunter motorists.

The major upgrade of the New England Highway, between Belford and the Golden Highway at Whittingham, is driving ahead, with work to improve safety and travel times along a four-kilometre section of the highway progressing well.

Mr Layzell said the NSW Government was investing $97 million to provide two travel lanes in each direction and a flyover for vehicles turning right from the Golden Highway towards Maitland and Newcastle.

“Work on the upgrade started in September last year and it has been an impressive first six months with extensive earthworks, rock hammering and drainage underway for the new eastbound carriageway and flyover bridge,” he stated.

“Our community is really starting to get excited for this project, particularly now they can see the overpass starting to rise between the highways and extensive rock removal showing the path for the new lanes.”

Mr Layzell said work had also recently started on the new roundabout on the Golden Highway.

“That will connect to a left-turn lane for motorists travelling towards Singleton, as well as provide access for adjoining properties,” he explained.

“Once complete, this project will enable safer, smoother journeys for the 22,000 vehicles that use this vital route each day.

“It will be a game-changer for the freight industry, too, which relies on this road for coal mining, grain production and other industries in the Hunter Valley and Central West to access the Port of Newcastle.”

Work on the development is expected to be completed by late 2024.

For more information on the project, visit

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