Contract awarded for delivery of Scone Bypass

  • Contract awarded to Daracon Group to deliver New England Highway bypass at Scone
  • New bypass will help address rising road and rail volumes and improve safety
  • Project is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments

The New England Highway Bypass at Scone is another step closer to reality following today's award of the construction contract to Daracon Group for the delivery of the project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said construction of a two-lane highway bypass to the west of Scone featuring three bridges will provide major benefits to long-haul heavy vehicle operators and residents and visitors to the town.

“The Scone Bypass will remove a large number of heavy vehicles from the town centre and improve travel times and safety for all road users,” Mr McCormack said.

“Around 8,000 vehicles, including around 1,200 heavy vehicles, use the Kelly Street level crossing in Scone's central business district every day. Substantially reducing these volumes of vehicles will provide huge safety and amenity benefits.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the four-kilometre section of highway to be bypassed had a poor crash history with 26 crashes recorded in the five years to December 2015.

“The new bypass will help address rising road and rail volumes as well as associated safety issues,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Several design changes were made as result of feedback received during the December 2015 environmental assessment. These changes will further improve road safety, connectivity and access for local businesses.”

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said access to the bypass would be at the north and south of Scone as well as at St Aubins Street with all access points accommodating all turning directions.

“The bypass will provide an alternative route for road users wanting to travel across town unrestricted by rail operations and will be particularly important for emergency services,” Mr Joyce said.

“This $120 million project ensures we have the road infrastructure in place to grow our economic future in the New England.”

New South Wales Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnson said construction was expected to start mid-2018 and be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.

“The Australian and New South Wales Governments will continue to keep the community and stakeholders informed as the project progresses,” Mr Johnson said.

The Australian and New South Wales Governments have committed $120 million to fund the New England Highway bypass of Scone.