Prequalified contractors are being invited to tender to build the $120 million Scone Bypass in New South Wales, which is aimed at removing heavy vehicles from the town centre.
By taking heavy vehicles away from the centre of Scone, the joint Australian and New South Wales-funded project plans to improve freight efficiency and driver and pedestrian safety.
The bypass is under a ‘construct only’ contract, and involves building about 5 kilometres of new two-lane highway to the west of Scone.
It also involves the construction of a grade-separated intersection at the southern end of the bypass, at-grade intersections at St Aubins Street and at the northern end of the bypass, and three new bridges.
New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the ‘construct only’ contract means the successful tenderer will be tasked with following the blueprint set out by the previously approved preferred route design.
“A pre-tender meeting and site inspection will be held in Scone on 23 August,” she added.
The contract is expected to be awarded by the end of the year, with construction due to start in 2018.