The major design and construction contract has been signed for the Singleton Bypass in New South Wales.
Acciona Constructions Australia has been announced as the successful contractor for the eight-kilometre project, which will bypass five sets of traffic lights in the CBD and is the largest road infrastructure investment in Singleton’s history.
The highway passes through the centre of Singleton and carries around 26,000 vehicles, including more than 3700 heavy vehicles, each day.
Traffic volumes are predicted to increase in the next 25 years. The planned bypass of Singleton would improve the movement of freight and journeys for current and future traffic demands.
Early works on the project were conducted by Transport for NSW in late 2022, before additional early works ramped up in May 2023, which included installing fencing along the corridor, demolition of existing buildings and relocation of power and communication public utilities.
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This project forms part of the Australian Government’s wider $764 million dollar investment in projects along the New England Highway.
NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Jenny Aitchison said the project would support more than 1300 jobs during construction.
“The Singleton bypass will improve the lives of people living and working right across the Hunter region,” Aitchison said.
“When the bypass is built motorists will avoid five sets of traffic lights in Singleton’s CBD and it’ll remove about 15,000 vehicles a day from the town centre — improving safety, slashing travel times and increasing efficiency for all road users.”
Major work on the bypass is expected to start in mid-2024 and it is due to open to traffic in late 2026.