Alliance chosen for $100M Barton Highway upgrade

Transport for NSW have chosen an alliance partner to design and build the first stage of the Barton Highway upgrade project.

Seymour Whyte and SMEC will partner with the organisation to undertake the works. An alliance structure has been chosen based on the success of previous alliance projects.

The first stage of construction will see the Barton Highway fully duplicated between Murrumbateman and the ACT.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said awarding the first-stage contract allowed for vital works to now begin.

“The award of contract means major construction is expected to start later this year, which is great news for commuters travelling between Canberra, Murrumbateman and Yass,” he said.

“The four-lane highway will improve safety, reduce travel times and increase freight productivity for the 13,000 motorists using the corridor each day.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the alliance model being used to upgrade the Barton Highway was selected to ensure the program could be delivered faster and more efficiently, delivering benefits to communities sooner.

“We took this same approach on the Newell Highway Upgrade Program, entering into an alliance agreement with the private sector, which is seeing us delivering that program ahead of schedule, while at the same time creating jobs in regional communities,” Mr Toole said.

“The first stage of the Barton Highway duplication is expected to provide about 80 jobs, which shows how serious we are about keeping money and jobs in local economies during these challenging times.”

The $100 million project is being jointly funded with the Federal Government and the NSW Government contributing equal amounts. The Federal Government has also committed a further $100 million for the project pending further planning.

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