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Tenders Called to Complete the Moree Town Centre Bypass

Media Release

WT014/2013

29 October 2013

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Ports

Mark Coulton

Federal Member for Parkes

Kevin Humphries

Member for Barwon

The $30 million second stage of the Moree town centre bypass is one step closer, with tenders now called for its construction.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the Australian and New South Wales governments had each committed $15 million to the second stage.

“This project is an example of the Australian and New South Wales governments getting on with the job of building vital infrastructure in New South Wales,” Mr Truss said.

“This second stage funding is in addition to the Australian Government's contribution of $56.2 million for the 2.6 kilometre northern section of the bypass, opened to traffic in 2010.”

The Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the second stage would remove trucks from Moree's commercial area in Frome Street, significantly increasing safety for local residents and promoting the efficient movement of freight on the Newell Highway south of the town.

“The eagerly anticipated bypass will improve safety and greatly reduce congestion through the centre of Moree,” Mr Coulton said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay, said the southern section to the Newell Highway would connect with the completed northern section of road from the Newell Highway north of town across the Mehi River.

“The final section is 1.8 kilometres long and will be built parallel to Gosport Street between Bullus Drive and the Gwydir Highway, known locally as Alice Street,” Mr Gay said.

“Tenders to build the southern section of the Moree town centre bypass are now open, closing on Wednesday 11 December. Roads and Maritime have brought this project to tender quickly following the funding commitment.”

Minister for Western NSW and Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said that as the main transport link from Victoria through Western NSW into Queensland, the Newell Highway is one of the most critical roads in the state.

“This key freight route runs through the spine of country NSW and the completion of the Moree bypass will make a huge difference to local communities, local and interstate motorists, and the road freight industry,” Mr Humphries said.

A contract for this work is expected to be awarded in March next year, with building due to start mid next year and completed by early 2016.