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Hillsborough Road upgrade gets design approval

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The $35 million upgrade to Hillsborough Road has taken a step closer this week, with design bosses chosen for the project that should be completed by 2027. 

Engineering firm AECOM has been selected to deliver the detailed design for stage one of the project. 

The business with a local base in Newcastle West and an official start date in 1990 is a public trading company, listed on the New York stock exchange in 2007. 

The extensive Hillsborough Road construction project will include upgrades to the 1.8-kilometre stretch of road, from the Newcastle Inner City Bypass roundabout to the existing duplication west of Crockett Street. 

Stage one involves upgrading Crockett Street intersection, which will include the installation of traffic lights and duplication of 700 metres of the road at this location. 

Construction of stage one is expected to start in 2025 and take about 18 months to complete, depending on final staging arrangements.  

The project is part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to set regional communities up for the future, improving safety on our regional, rural and remote roads, reducing travel times and increasing productivity after a decade of neglect by the former government.  

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison said: “This is a huge win for the 36,000 motorists who use Hillsborough Road daily.  

“The NSW Government congratulates AECOM Australia for being awarded the tender on this project, which will improve safety, reduce congestion and remove daily bottlenecks. 

“Once the upgrade is complete, it’s expected road users will save up to four minutes in travel time during the morning and afternoon peaks.” 

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