Funding has been committed to finalise planning and delivery of the Singleton Bypass in NSW.
Construction of the $700 million project is expected to start in 2023, with an end goal to ease congestion and boost safety.
State Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said the bypass will involve building a new section of highway across the floodplain west of Singleton, from near Newington Lane to north of McDougalls Hill.
“With 26,000 vehicles, including more than 3,700 trucks, currently using our Singleton town centre each day, the planned bypass will reduce travel times, ease congestion and improve safety for all road users along this key corridor,” Johnsen said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government last month committed $560 million to the project in the 2020–21 Budget as part of its record investment in transport infrastructure.
“The bypass project is expected to support more than 1,370 jobs and we will draw on local businesses and contractors because we know how important it is to keep infrastructure and jobs in the regions as we lay the economic foundations for recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
The environmental impacts assessment was released for community consultation in late 2019 and the Submissions Report has been handed down. Transport for NSW are now working to finalise the concept design.
The Federal Government has committed $560 million towards the project on an 80:20 basis, with the NSW Government providing the remaining funding.