Contractors complete $137M Scone Bypass project

An experienced local engineer has been appointed to lead Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) – a new division of VicRoads that will oversee the state’s $941 million investment in country roads.Daracon Group have completed finishing works on the $137 million Scone Bypass project in NSW.

The highway originally opened to motorists in March 2020 and now the final components in the project are complete.

The Scone Bypass was constructed on the New England Highway. This section of the highway carries around 8400 vehicles per day. The bypass will allow these vehicles to avoid the Scone CBD.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said more than 1150 direct and indirect jobs were supported during the building of the bypass, which started in June 2018.

“This is a success story for the local community and also for the rest of the Hunter region, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic,” Mr. Toole said.

“The freight network has been incredibly busy in the past few weeks and the new bypass is paying dividends, ensuring safer and more efficient trips for the freight industry in this area as they work overtime to keep the economy moving.”

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said it was great news the project’s contractor Daracon Group was able to complete the bypass in less than two years, working closely with the community to ensure successful delivery.

“Motorists can now travel on a two-lane highway which bypasses Scone to the west, incorporating three bridges which span a total of more than 700 metres including a 540-metre bridge over Parsons Gully,” Mr. Joyce said.

“The bypass builds on the developments we’re already delivering for Scone including new saleyards, new learning facilities at Scone Grammar and new infrastructure for the local thoroughbred industry.”

The project was jointly funded by the Federal Government ($65 million) and the NSW Government ($72 million).

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