Official Media Release

Tenders Called For Muswellbrook Bypass Concept Design

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that tenders are being called for the development of the concept design and environmental assessment of the Muswellbrook bypass.

Mr Johnsen said the Muswellbrook bypass would be a game changer for the region.

“The Nationals in Government are getting on with the job of building vital infrastructure across our Upper Hunter region,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The bypass will be about 9.1 kilometres and will improve network efficiency on the New England Highway, particularly in terms of travel times for long haul freight movements,” Mr Johnsen said.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole MP said the bypass would improve travel and safety for all road users.

“The NSW Government is continuing to invest in the development and upgrade of roads in the Hunter to improve capacity and connectivity in this growing region,” Mr Toole said.

“We are now ready to work toward completing the concept design and environmental assessment, with the preferred option for the bypass to be displayed for community feedback in early 2020.”

Mr Johnsen continued, noting that the NSW Nationals in Government ensured that $266 million had been committed to the bypass, and were working on delivering other bypasses in the region.

“As well as the Scone bypass which is currently being constructed, the Singleton bypass planning is well advanced, and we expect to be in public consultation in early 2020.

“When completed, the Muswellbrook bypass will improve safety for all road users in the town centre, particularly relating to heavy and light vehicle interaction,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

Construction is expected to start in 2022.

Tenders close at 2.30pm on 24 September 2019.

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