Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that the Muswellbrook bypass is a step closer with the awarding of the contract for development of the concept design and environmental assessment for the proposal.
Mr Johnsen said the contract was awarded to AECOM Australia Pty Ltd, with the next step the development of a preferred option to display for community comment in mid-2020.
“The Muswellbrook bypass will be just over nine kilometres long and will improve travel times on the New England Highway, particularly for freight,” Mr Johnsen said.
“More importantly for the community, it will give Muswellbrook back to locals by taking through traffic and heavy vehicles out of town, which means a safer outcome for everyone.”
“This is great news for region as we moved forward in building the infrastructure that supports economic growth and local communities.
“I am also excited to be making a big announcement about the Singleton bypass shortly, which will take that project to the next step and continue the Government’s delivery of key upgrades for the New England Highway through the Hunter.”
“As the Scone Bypass nears completion, this latest step towards the Muswellbrook bypass is a reminder that the Nationals in Government are delivering on their election promises,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
Feedback received from the community will be considered in finalising the preferred option for Muswellbrook bypass and developing the concept design and environmental assessment for the project.
The NSW Government is providing $266 million to fund the bypass.
More information available at www.rms.work/Muswellbrook