Game changing bypass a step closer with shortlist released
Singleton’s biggest infrastructure project is edging closer, with the shortlist of tenderers to design and build the New England Highway bypass announced.
The tenderers are Acciona Constructions Australia Pty Ltd, Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd and John Holland Pty Ltd.
The planned bypass of Singleton would improve the movement of freight and journeys for current and future traffic demands. The Australian Government has committed $560 million and the NSW Government is providing $140 million to deliver the bypass.
Early work on the project is scheduled to start in late 2022, weather permitting, and the bypass is expected to open to traffic in late 2026.
Quotes attributable to Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:
“The bypass will remove one of the Hunter region’s most notorious bottlenecks.
“The eight-kilometre project will bypass five sets of traffic lights in Singleton’s CBD and remove about 15,000 vehicles a day from the town centre, ease congestion and improve safety as well as deliver time savings for thousands of motorists each day.
“It also delivers economic growth and will support more than 1,300 jobs during construction.”
Quotes attributable to NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway:
“The Singleton Bypass will be a game-changer for residents, motorists and our freight network.
“I am pleased to announce the shortlist of tenderers to help design and deliver this major project has come down to three companies.
“Acciona Constructions Australia Pty Ltd, Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd and John Holland Pty Ltd are well qualified to deliver this project and provide value for money, with the contract expected to be announced in mid-2023.”
Quotes attributable to State Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell:
“The NSW Government has listened to the community and the bypass will include a full interchange with Putty Road and a new 600-metre-long bridge at the southern connection.
“The project will also be designed to cater for a later upgrade to a dual carriageway where required to meet future traffic demands.”