Highways in New South Wales

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New South Wales

The present highway network in New South Wales, Australia was established in August 1928 when the Country Roads Board (the predecessor of the Department of Main Roads and the Roads and Traffic Authority) superseded the 1924 main road classifications and established the basis of the existing New South Wales (NSW) main road system. (the full list of main roads gazetted appears in the NSW Government Gazette of 17 August 1928). The number of a road for administrative purposes is not the same as the route number it carries e.g. the Great Western Highway is Highway 5 for administrative purposes but is signposted as part of route A32.)

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New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

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Many major routes in New South Wales, including Sydney motorways and even some routes named as "highways" are not officially gazetted as highways. For a list of all numbered routes in New South Wales, see List of road routes in New South Wales.

While highways in many other countries are typically identified by number, highways in Australia, including New South Wales, are known mostly by names. These names typically come from 19th-century explorers, important politicians or geographic regions.

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List of gazetted highways

Road number [1] Road name Route Date of original gazettal Distance Notes
HW1 Princes Highway Sydney to Victoria border via Wollongong
HW2 Hume Highway (includes Hume Motorway) Sydney to Victoria border via Goulburn, Gundagai, Albury
HW3 Federal Highway Hume Highway to ACT border
HW4 Snowy Mountains Highway Princes Highway to Hume Highway via Cooma Named as Monaro Highway until 1955
HW5 Great Western Highway Sydney to Bathurst
HW6 Mid-Western Highway Bathurst to Hay
HW7 Mitchell Highway Bathurst to Queensland border via Dubbo
HW8 Barrier Highway Nyngan to South Australia border
HW9 New England Highway Pacific Highway to Queensland border via Tamworth
HW10 Pacific Highway Sydney to Queensland border via Newcastle and Coffs Harbour
HW11 Oxley Highway Pacific Highway to Mitchell Highway via Tamworth653 km (406 mi)
HW12 Gwydir Highway Pacific Highway to Castlereagh Highway via Moree
HW13 Cumberland Highway Liverpool to Wahroonga
HW14 Sturt Highway Hume Highway to South Australia border via Wagga Wagga 8 August 1933 [2]
HW15 Barton Highway Yass to ACT border
HW16 Bruxner Highway Pacific Highway to Newell Highway via Lismore
HW17 Newell Highway Victoria border to Queensland border via Nerrandera and Dubbo
HW18 Castlereagh Highway Lithgow to Queensland border via Mudgee
HW19 Monaro Highway ACT border to Victoria border via Cooma25 March 1938 [3] 285.1 km (177.2 mi) [4]
HW20 Riverina Highway Deniliquin to Victoria border
HW21 Cobb Highway Wilcannia to Victoria border
HW22 Silver City Highway Sturt Highway to Queensland border via Broken Hill
HW23Unnamed (Newcastle Inner City Bypass) Windale to Sandgate
HW24[ citation needed ] Mount Lindesay Highway Tenterfield to Qld Border, via Woodenbong Decommissioned 12 February 1982[ citation needed ]
HW25 Illawarra Highway Hume Highway to Princes Highway via Moss Vale
HW26[ citation needed ] Calga–Ourimbah Expressway [ citation needed ] Decommissioned after completion of parallel section of Pacific Motorway[ citation needed ]
HW27 Golden Highway New England Highway to Newell Highway via Dunedoo
HW28 Carnarvon Highway Moree to Queensland border
HW29 Kamilaroi Highway Bourke to New England Highway
HW30 Central Coast Highway Pacific Motorway to Pacific Highway via Gosford
HW31 Gold Coast Highway Pacific Motorway to Queensland border 1 May 2009 [5]

See also

Highways in Australia describes the highways of Australia

Highways in Australia are generally high capacity roads managed by state and territory government agencies, though Australia's federal government contributes funding for important links between capital cities and major regional centres. Prior to European settlement, the earliest needs for trade and travel were met by narrow bush tracks, used by tribes of Indigenous Australians. The formal construction of roads began in 1788, after the founding of the colony of New South Wales, and a network of three major roads across the colony emerged by the 1820s. Similar road networks were established in the other colonies of Australia. Road construction programs in the early 19th century were generally underfunded, as they were dependent on government budgets, loans, and tolls; while there was a huge increase in road usage, due to the Australian gold rushes. Local government authorities, often known as Road Boards, were therefore established to be primarily responsible for funding and undertaking road construction and maintenance. The early 1900s saw both the increasingly widespread use of motorised transportation, and the creation of state road authorities in each state, between 1913 and 1926. These authorities managed each state's road network, with the main arterial roads controlled and maintained by the state, and other roads remaining the responsibility of local governments. The federal government became involved in road funding in the 1920s, distributing funding to the states. The depression of the 1930s slowed the funding and development of the major road network until the onset on World War II. Supply roads leading to the north of the country were considered vital, resulting in the construction of Barkly, Stuart, and Eyre Highways.

States and territories of Australia first-level subdivision of Australia

The states and territories are the first-level administrative divisions of the Commonwealth of Australia. They are the second level of government in Australia, located between the federal and local government tiers.

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Princes Highway highway in Australia

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Newell Highway highway in New South Wales

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Pacific Highway (Australia) highway in New South Wales and Queensland

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Oxley Highway highway in New South Wales

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New England Highway highway in New South Wales and Queensland

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Bruxner Highway highway in New South Wales

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Silver City Highway highway in New South Wales

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Sturt Highway Australian national highway in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia

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Barton Highway highway in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

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Monaro Highway highway linking Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory

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Snowy Mountains Highway highway in New South Wales

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Mid-Western Highway highway in New South Wales

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The Summerland Way is a 199–kilometre state route, designated B91, in New South Wales. It runs generally north from Grafton to the border between NSW and Queensland just west of Mount Lindesay. The road continues from there into Queensland as Mount Lindesay Highway. With the decommissioning of the Mount Lindesay Highway in New South Wales in 1982, the length of the Summerland Way was increased by 9.4 km to the Queensland border. It is sealed for its entire length, although some of the road north of the Lions Road turn-off is narrow and winding. In 1996, the Federal Government committed $20 million toward upgrading the Summerland Way. A $7 million contract to realign 1.2 km at Dourrigan's Gap, approximately 16 km north of Kyogle, was awarded, with work starting in February 2002 and expected to take 12 months to complete.

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Pacific Motorway (Brisbane–Brunswick Heads) motorway in New South Wales and Queensland

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Bucketts Way road in New South Wales

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Putty Road road in New South Wales

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Bradfield Highway (Sydney) highway in Sydney

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  1. Roads & Maritime Services (January 2014). "Schedule of Classified Roads and Unclassified Regional Roads" (PDF). New South Wales Government. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  2. "The Sturt Highway". Main Roads. NSW Department of Main Roads. V (I): 20. November 1933.
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