Transport for NSW is finalising the concept design for the Singleton Bypass on the New England Highway.
The $700 million project is now seeking industry feedback on the best options for project delivery so works can get underway as soon as possible.
New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the bypass was a big commitment that would remove one of the region’s most notorious bottlenecks.
“We know how important this project is to the community, which is why the NSW Government has committed $140 million towards the project,” Toole said.
“With around 26,000 vehicles, including more than 3,700 trucks, passing through Singleton every day, a bypass will be a real game-changer for this community.”
He said around 15,000 trucks will be removed from the town centre daily which will help to ease congestion and improve safety.
Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the bypass would be designed to cater for a later upgrade to a dual carriageway where required to meet future traffic demands.
“We’ve planned this project effectively and I’m excited that it is moving forward because it will make our region an even better place to live, work and visit,” Joyce said.
“The community has helped shape the design for the project and now we want to engage with the experts in the field to ensure we are well-positioned to deliver it as soon as possible.”
Work is expected to start on the eight-kilometre bypass in mid 2023 and will be complete by late 2026. It’s expected to employ around 1370 people.