Contract awarded for Newell Highway’s $187.2M Parkes Bypass

The Australian and NSW Governments are funding the $187.2 million Newell Highway upgrade, Parkes Bypass.
The Australian and NSW Governments are funding the $187.2 million Newell Highway upgrade, Parkes Bypass.

The Newell Highway upgrade project in New South Wales has made a major leap forward, with Georgiou Group chosen to carry out the $187.2M Parkes Bypass construction following a competitive tender process.

The bypass is part of the $500 million Newell Highway upgrade program to support the interstate freight industry. The upgrade would involve relocating the highway about two kilometres west, between Maguire Road to the north and Barkers Road to the south – a total length of 10.5 kilometres.

The project is being jointly funded, with the federal government investing $149.7 million and the New South Wales Government contributing $37.4 million.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said Georgiou Group was selected on the basis of experience and having worked on similar projects across the state.

“Georgiou Group brings a wealth of experience, having worked previously on other major infrastructure projects across the state, including Mona Vale Road upgrade Stage 2, the Windsor Bridge replacement and the new bridge over Clarence River at Tabulam,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The 10.5 kilometre bypass will be a game-changer for not just Parkes but the entire Central West region, supporting the freight industry, fuelling economic growth, and improving access and safety along this vital transport corridor.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said early work, including installing 12 kilometres of fencing around the site, laying concrete to create a network of utility-protecting concrete slabs and local road construction is continuing with major road and bridge work on track to commence later this year.

“It is expected there will be 70 to 100 full-time staff working on the project each day once construction kicks off later this year,” Mr Toole said.

“We know how important this project is to the community – and to delivering better journeys for freight, farmers and other motorists.  With construction now not far off, the bypass is on track to be open to traffic in 2024.”

The Parkes Bypass would remove up to 1200 trucks per day from local streets and improve safety for motorists. Following the contract award, the bypass construction is scheduled to start later this year.

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