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The Newell Highway is the longest highway in NSW, stretching from the Victorian border at Tocumwal to the Queensland border. It's the economic backbone for freight and livestock transporters, tourism operators, caravanners and holiday makers, emergency services, government, media and business owners. 2

The majority of the route is undivided roadway, with various overtaking sections where required.

The Newell Highway is named after HH Newell. He was the first commissioner for Main Roads in New South Wales. He passed away in 1941. 3 Prior to his appointment to the newly formed Main Roads Board on March 9, 1925, he was the District Engineer at the Wollongong branch of the Department of Public Works. 4

Multiplexes along the route include:

History:

Click here for the former alignment between Dubbo and Gilgandra

Dubbo to Gilgandra   Gilgranda to Dubbo
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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Dubbo approaching Obley Rd, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Intersection Directional SIgn:
ID sign at the junction with Back Bearbung Rd at Gilgandra, July 2007.

Image © Ryan Nicholls

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Dubbo approaching Obley Rd, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Castlereagh Hwy (SR86) at Gilgandra, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Obley Road:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at the junction with Obley Rd at Dubbo, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Castlereagh Highway:
Intersection directional sign in Gilgandra facing the junction with Castlereagh Hwy (SR86), May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Entering Dubbo:
Newell Hwy (NH39) as it enters Dubbo, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign in Gilgandra approaching Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Castlereagh Hwy (NR55), May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Intersection DIrectional Sign:
ID sign at the junction with Minore Rd, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Distance Sign:
RD sign as Newell Hwy (NH39) as it leaves Gilgandra, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign in Dubbo used to help motorists to negotiate a fairly complicated urban area, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Eumungerie approaching Narromine-Eumungerie Rd and Mogriguy Rd, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching the roundabout with Mitchell Hwy (NR32) at Dubbo, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Distance Sign:
RD sign near Eumungerie, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the roundabout with Mitchell Hwy (NR32) at Dubbo,, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Burraway Rd and Mogriguy Rd in Brocklehurst, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Macquarie St in Dubbo, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign in Dubbo used to help motorists to negotiate a fairly complicated urban area, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Macquarie Street:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at the junction with Macquarie St in Dubbo, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Golden Hwy (SR84) in Dubbo, May 2005. NH39 turns right at this junction.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign in Dubbo approaching Darling St, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign. Darling St is a former NR39 alignment.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign assembly, with black sign, at the junction with Golden Hwy (SR84) in Dubbo, May 2005. NH39 turns right at this junction.

Image © Rob Tilley

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign on the Darling St roundabout in Dubbo, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Darling St in Dubbo, October 2011. Darling St is a former NR39 alignment. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from May 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Paul Rands

Advance Directional Sign:
Alphanumeric AD sign in Dubbo on Darling St approaching Newell Hwy (NH39), November 2010, August 2008. Click here for a photo from July 2007 of the previous sign.

Image © Richard Wardle

  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the roundabout with Darling St in Dubbo, October 2011. Darling St is a former NR39 alignment. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from May 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Paul Rands

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign on the Darling St roundabout in Dubbo, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Macquarie St, Dubbo, October 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Golden Hwy (SR84) in Dubbo, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign. NH39 turns left at this junction

Image © Rob Tilley

  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign assembly at Macquarie St, Dubbo, October 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

Golden Highway:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at the junction with Golden Hwy (SR84) in Dubbo, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Mitchell Hwy (NR32) at Dubbo, October 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign within the Dubbo CBD after the Golden Hwy (SR84) junction, November 2010. Click here for a photo from July 2006 of the original installation of sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the Mitchell Hwy (NR32) roundabout at Dubbo, October 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

Distance Sign:
RD sign as the Newell Hwy (NH39) as it leaves Dubbo, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the roundabout with Mitchell Hwy (NR32) in Dubbo, October 2011. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from May 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Paul Rands

Road Trains Sign:
Sign showing road train restrictions as the Newell Hwy (NH39) enters Brocklehurst, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

  Reassurance Directional Sign:
RD sign at Dubbo, October 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

Approaching Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station:
Advance directional sign approaching the heavy vehicle inspection station at Brocklehurst, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

  Minore Road:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at Minore Rd, Dubbo, November 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at Brocklehurst at the entrance to the heavy vehicle inspection station, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Obley Rd, Dubbo, November 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

Entering Brocklehurst:
Newell Hwy (NH39) as it enters the Brocklehurst town centre, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

  Obley Road:
ID sign assembly at Obley Rd, Dubbo, November 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Burraway Rd and Mogriguy Rd in Brocklehurst, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Distance Sign:
Tourism based RD sign on the outskirts of Dubbo, November 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

Burraway Road & Mogriguy Road:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at the junction with Burraway Rd and Mogriguy Rd at Brocklehurst, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Eumungerie approaching Narromine-Eumungerie Rd and Mogriguy Rd, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Narromine-Eumungerie Road & Mogriguy Road:
ID sign at Eumungerie at the junction with Narromine-Eumungerie Rd and Mogriguy Rd, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Cobboco Road:
Intersection directional sign assembly at the junction with Cobboco Rd in Eumungerie, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Distance Sign:
RD sign near Eumungerie, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from July 2007 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Distance Sign:
Tourism based RD sign near Eumungerie, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from July 2007 of the original installation of this sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Mialla Road:
Intersection directional sign at the Mialla Rd junction in Balladoran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Services Sign:
Services sign urging motorists to take a break in Gilgandra, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Entering Gilgandra:
Newell Hwy (NH39) as it enters the town of Gilgandra, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Entering Gilgandra:
Newell Hwy (NH39) as it enters the town of Gilgandra, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Intersection DIrectional Sign:
Alphanumeric intersection directional sign facing Hargraves Ln in Gilgandra, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
End Road Train Route:
Sign marking the end of the road train route in Gilgandra, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign marking the beginning of the local tourist drive in Gilgandra, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Willie Street:
Non-standard intersection directional sign at the junction with Willie St in Gilgandra, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign in Gilgandra approaching Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Castlereagh Hwy (NR55), November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Oxley Highway & Castlereagh Highway:
Intersection directional sign at the junction with Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Castlereagh Hwy (NR55) in Gilgandra, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Castlereagh Hwy (SR86) at Gilgandra, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Castlereagh Highway:
Intersection directional sign in Gilgandra at the junction with Castlereagh Hwy (SR86), November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Distance Sign:
RD sign as the Newell Hwy (NH39) as it leaves Gilgandra, after the Castlereagh Hwy (SR86) junction, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Intersection Directional SIgn:
ID sign acting as an AD sign near the junction with Back Bearbung Rd at Gilgandra, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Intersection Directional SIgn:
ID sign at the junction with Back Bearbung Rd at Gilgandra, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Click here for the continuation of National Highway 39 between Gilgandra and Coonabarabran
Click here for continuation of National Highway 39 between Forbes and Dubbo

1 Roads and Traffic Authority, Schedule of Classified Roads and State & Regional Roads, 31 January 2011
2 Roads and Traffic Authority, Road Projects, Western Region, Newell Highway
3 Department of Main Roads, Main Roads of New South Wales brochure
4 Department of Main Roads, The Roadmakers, A History of Main Roads in New South Wales, ISBN0 7240 0439 4
5 Roads & Traffic Authority, Rules & Regulations, Newell Highway Reduced Speed Limit

Last updated: 16-Nov-2013

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