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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 Moree and Boggabilla.

Moree to Queensland Border   Queensland Border to Moree
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Advance Directional Sign:
Temporary advance directional sign approaching Bullus Dr in Moree, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Bruxner Way (formerly Bruxner Hwy) at Boggabilla, July 2007. NH39 turns right at this junction.

Image © Richard Wardle

Entering Moree Town Centre:
Newell Hwy (NH39) as it enters Moree, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Bruxner Way:
ID sign at the junction with Bruxner Way (formerly Bruxner Hwy) at Boggabilla, July 2009. NH39 turns right at this junction.

Image © Richard Wardle

Advance Directional Sign:
Heavy vehicle AD sign and temporary AD sign below it approaching Jones Av in Moree, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Alphanumeric Advance Directional Sign:
Alphanumeric AD sign approaching Carnarvon Hwy in Moree, May 2011. Note the alphanumeric route number.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign in Moree approaching Alice St & Gwydir Hwy (NR38), May 2011. Note the alphanumeric route numbers.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign in Moree approaching Gwydir Hwy (NR38), May 2011. Note the alphanumeric route number.

Image © Rob Tilley

Alice Street & Gwydir Highway:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at the roundabout with Alice St and Gwydir Hwy (NR38) in Moree, May 2011. NH39 turns right at this junction and the NR38 duplex starts here.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign in Moree approaching Gwydir Hwy (NR38), May 2011. Note the alphanumeric route numbers.

Image © Rob Tilley

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign with alphanumeric route number at the roundabout with Newell Hwy (NH39), Alice St and Gwydir Hwy (NR38) in Moree, May 2011. Note the alphanumeric route number.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Gwydir Highway:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at the Gwydir Hwy junction in Moree, May 2011. The second stage of Moree Bypass will be built behind the bollards. Note the alphanumeric route number. NH39 turns right at this junction and the NR38 duplex starts here.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching the Gwydir Hwy (NR38) split in Moree, May 2011. NH39 turns left at this junction, and the NR38 duplex also ends at this intersection. Note the alphanumeric route numbers.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Gwydir Highway:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at the Gwydir Hwy junction in Moree, May 2011. The second stage of Moree Bypass will be built behind the bollards. Note the alphanumeric route number. NH39 turns right at this junction and the NR38 duplex starts here.

Image © Rob Tilley

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the Gwydir Hwy (NR38) junction in Moree, May 2011. NH39 turns left at this junction, and the NR38 duplex also ends at this intersection. Note the alphanumeric route number.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Alice Street & Gwydir Highway:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at the roundabout with Alice St and Gwydir Hwy (NR38) in Moree, May 2011. NH39 turns left at this junction and the NR38 duplex ends here. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from November 2010 of the original sign install.

Image © Rob Tilley

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the Gwydir Hwy (NR38) junction in Moree, May 2011. NH39 turns left at this junction, and the NR38 duplex also ends at this intersection. Note the alphanumeric route number.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign with alphanumeric route number at the roundabout with Newell Hwy (NH39), Alice St and Gwydir Hwy (NR38) in Moree, May 2011. Note the alphanumeric route number.

Image © Rob Tilley

Distance Sign:
RD sign on the Moree Bypass (Newell Hwy (NH39)) after the Gwydir Hwy (NR38) junction, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Distance Sign:
RD sign as the Newell Hwy (NH39) leaves Moree, July 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Alphanumeric Intersection Directional Sign:
Alphanumeric ID sign facing Gwydirfield Rd in Moree, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Alphanumeric Advance Directional Sign:
Alphanumeric AD sign approaching Carnarvon Hwy in Moree, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Carnarvon Highway:
Newell Hwy (NH39) at the Carnarvon Hwy junction in Moree, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Alphanumeric Intersection Directional Sign:
Alphanumeric ID sign facing Carnarvon Hwy in Moree, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
River Road:
Intersection directional sign assembly at the River Rd junction near Moree, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Terling Park-Yallaroi Road:
Intersection directional sign assembly at the Terling Park-Yallaroi Rd junction near Moree, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Buckie Road:
Intersection directional sign assembly at the Buckie Rd junction near Moree, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Limebon Road:
Intersection directional sign assembly at the Limebon Rd junction at Tulloona, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
North Star Road:
Intersection directional sign assembly at the North Star Rd (IB Bore Rd) junction at Boggabilla, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Bruxner Way (formerly Bruxner Hwy) at Boggabilla, November 2010. NH39 turns left at this junction. Click here for a photo of the black sign this sign replaced, taken April 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Bruxner Way:
ID sign at the junction with Bruxner Way (formerly Bruxner Hwy) at Boggabilla, November 2010. NH39 turns left at this junction. Click here for a photo of the old sign from April 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Distance Sign:
RD sign as the Newell Hwy (NH39) leaves the Boggabilla town centre, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Billboard:
Billboard near Boggabilla designed to look like a road sign indicating the shortest route to Goondiwindi is via Gunsynd Way (former Newell Hwy), November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Black Distance Sign:
Black RD sign at Boggabilla, April 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Black Intersection Directional Sign:
Black ID sign at Boggabilla at the saleyards entrance, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Boggabilla approaching Gunsynd Way (former Newell Hwy), November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Boggabilla approaching Gunsynd Way, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the Gunsynd Way junction at Boggabilla, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Distance Sign:
RD sign near the Macintyre River bridge at Boggabilla after the Gunsynd Way junction, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Queensland Border:
Newell Hwy (NH39) as it crosses into Queensland, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Click here for the continuation of National Highway 39 as Cunningham Highway in Queensland
Click here for the continuation of National Highway 39 between Coonabarabran and Moree

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
6 Roads & Traffic Authority, Projects, Western Region, Moree Town Centre Bypass

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