Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that planning for the Singleton Bypass is moving ahead to finalise the concept design and environmental assessment following feedback from the local community.
Mr Johnsen said the Singleton Bypass will be a game changer for the region.
“From the submissions we received from our local Singleton community, there is overwhelming support for the project,” Mr Johnsen said.
“With 26,000 vehicles, including more than 3700 trucks passing through our Singleton town centre each day, the planned bypass will improve amenity, reduce travels times, ease congestion and improve safety for all road users.
“The proposed route will save motorists about six minutes in travel time, bypass five sets of traffic lights and remove about 15,000 vehicles per day from the town centre.
“While there were calls for a dual carriageway, the proposed bypass has been designed with flexibility to be upgraded to meet future traffic demands if required.
“Just as the Nationals in Government promised and delivered the Scone Bypass, we are now delivering on our promise of the Singleton Bypass.
Mr Johnsen said the bypass will involve building a new section of highway across the floodplain west of Singleton from near Newington Lane to the New England Highway north of McDougalls Hill.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the New England Highway Singleton Bypass is a key project for the Hunter region which would deliver huge economic and safety benefits, as well as creating jobs and investment.
“The bypass will make a huge difference to the local community as well as motorists who travel along the New England Highway, especially for freight and heavy vehicles,” Mr Toole said.
“This is evident from the feedback we received during the community consultation which we have responded to in the submission report.”
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