The future $92 million New England highway bypass of Singleton in New South Wales is progressing with the contract for the concept design and environmental assessment now awarded.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has awarded AECOM the contract, with the preferred design option involving for the bypass involving a new section of highway west of the town, starting new Newington Lane and rejoining the New England Highway north of McDougalls Hill.
Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said RMS displayed three route options for the future bypass in 2015, complete with technical investigations that included flood modelling.
“The selected route would provide the best functional, social and environmental outcomes for both our local community, and the project,” he said.
Mr. Johnsen said the upgrade would involve building nine kilometres of new highway including a potential 3.1 kilometre bridge over the Main Northern Railway, Doughboy Hollow and Hunter River floodplains.
“With the contract now awarded, work will start on survey and geotechnical investigations as well as environmental studies. Feedback from our local Singleton community will of course be invited when the concept design and environmental assessment are prepared.”