Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter this week informed the Scone community that work on the $137 million New England Highway bypass of Scone is progressing well.
Joining with other residents at a public forum held this week in Scone by Upper Hunter Shire Council, Michael said more than 80 per cent of the bulk earthworks have been completed, with a total of 250,000 cubic metres of fill material to be used across the project.
“All 13 major drainage culverts have been installed and more than 150 of the 172 bridge girders required for the project’s three bridges are now on site,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The girders are up to 27 metres long and weigh around 45 tonnes, with deliveries continuing until the end of March.
“All bridge piling work is now complete and the next stage of work is the construction of the bridge piers.”
“Whilst much planning and consultation went into planning the bypass, the $137 million dollar project is the result of hard work and responsible economic policy over the last eight years, and a reminder that the NSW Nationals in government are delivering for the seat of Upper Hunter.”
Work over the next few months includes continued trucking of fill material to site, concrete pouring for the two piers to support the bridge across the Northern Rail Line, construction of a U-turn facility at the southern approach, and lifting girders into place for the Kelly Street loop and rail bridge.
Once complete the bypass will improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for road users.
The Upper Hunter Shire Council has commenced early planning work and community consultation for the revitalisation of Kelly Street following completion of the bypass.
For more information on the New England Highway bypass of Scone, visit www.rms.work/sconebypass