The Parkes Bypass, part of the $187.2 million upgrade project for Newell Highway in New South Wales is progressing, with three packages of construction on the project about to begin.
The bypass will divert more than 1,200 heavy vehicles and other traffic from the centre of Parkes each day, easing congestion and increasing the safety of the Highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the bypass will provide a multitude of benefits for the local community.
“The Parkes Bypass is not only going to improve journeys for all motorists on the Newell Highway, but it will also inject millions into the Parkes economy, whilst creating 25 local jobs,” McCormack said.
“With many communities, farmers and businesses across the region relying on the highway to get their products on shelves, remain connected to jobs and vital services like health, this latest update will be welcome news.
The bypass will include 12 kilometres of fencing as well as 12,000 tonnes of concrete, creating jobs in the local area and supporting local businesses.
Work will start on 7 June on the final construction to connect Hartigan Avenue and Brolgan Road, which will open to traffic upon the completion of the bypass construction.
The project is being jointly funded, with the federal government investing $149.7 million and the New South Wales Government contributing $37.4 million.
Work on the projects are scheduled to start by the end of the year.