Construction of the $120 million New England Bypass at Scone in NSW is expected to start mid-2018 following the contract awarded to deliver the project.
Daracon Group will deliver the joint Federal- and New South Wales-funded project, which aims to address rising road and rail volumes and improve safety.
The project involves construction of a four-kilometre, two-lane highway bypass to the west of Scone, including three bridges.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the bypass will provide major benefits to long-haul heavy vehicle operators and residents and visitors to the town.
“The Scone Bypass will remove a large number of heavy vehicles from the town centre and improve travel times and safety for all road users,” Mr. McCormack said.
“Around 8,000 vehicles, including around 1,200 heavy vehicles, use the Kelly Street level crossing in Scone’s central business district every day. Substantially reducing these volumes of vehicles will provide huge safety and amenity benefits.”
Access to the bypass would be at the north and south of Scone as well as at St Aubins Street with all access points accommodating all turning directions.
Construction is expected to start mid-2018 and be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.