The $336m New England Highway – Musellbrook bypass early works contract has been granted to Fenech Demolition Pty Ltd in New South Wales.
Improving employment and business opportunities for the Aboriginal communities of the Hunter region is a key feature of the contract for early work on the New England Highway bypass of Muswellbrook.
Early works have already commenced with demolition work and general clearing starting last week.
“The New England Highway provides direct access for the Hunter Valley and New England regions to and from the metropolitan areas of Newcastle and Sydney,” says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.
Next steps for the bypass will involve inviting companies who have registered their interest to participate in the following Expression of Interest stage, before Transport for NSW develops a shortlist of tenderers by mid-year.
The Muswellbrook bypass will have significant benefits including improving safety for all road users in the town centre and reducing travel times on the New England Highway.
“The NSW Government is moving our state forward by building the infrastructure projects needed in the Hunter to support one of the fastest growing areas in regional NSW,” says NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway.
“With so many major infrastructure projects already underway or just getting started in the Hunter Region, the NSW Government held an industry briefing in Newcastle last year to encourage more local involvement. Today’s announcement is just one of the success stories from that event,” says NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway.
Key features for the Muswellbrook bypass include the construction of a 9.3-kilometre bypass with a single lane in each direction, a 376-metre-long bridge across Sandy Creek Road, Sandy Creek, Main North railway line, and a southbound exit ramp as well as southern, northern and central interchanges.
“We have already secured other work in the Hunter Region and was pleased to help progress the bypass which will make such a difference to the people of Muswellbrook,” says Fenech Demolition managing director Julian Fenech.
“Being a Wanaruah first nations man I am proud to be part of this project,” Fenech Demolition managing director Julian Fenech.
“The people of the Wanaruah Nation will benefit from this contract, which helps ensure they play a part in the benefits that will flow from the project,” Fenech Demolition managing director Julian Fenech.
“This project will reduce travel time along this major transportation artery and improve the connection between Newcastle and the New England Highway, M1 Motorway and the Pacific Highway,” says Federal Member for Hunter Dan Repacholi.
“This project will keep the Hunter moving forward by safety and cutting congestion for the 10,000 motorists, including a significant number of heavy vehicles, who use this route each day,” says State Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell.
The $336 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments, with the Australian Government committing $268.8 million.
More information regarding the Muswellbrook Bypass project is available here.
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