One of the most eagerly-awaited projects in the Hunter, the Singleton Bypass, is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Acciona Constructions Australia has been announced as the successful contractor for the eight-kilometre project, which will remove the region’s most notorious bottlenecks.
When finished, it’ll remove about 15,000 vehicles a day from the town centre.
Since early work on the venture began in late 2022, fencing’s been erected along the corridor, existing buildings demolished and utilities relocated while additional geotechnical investigations were carried out in preparation for major construction.
That’s due to start mid-2024, with a finish date set for late 2026, weather permitting.
Singleton mayor Sue Moore welcomed the latest announcement.
“There’s always been a lot of questions about whether the bypass would proceed and this [news] means we can now move forward with certainty,” she said.
“People will be able to move around like they should be able to, more easily and without needing to plan around regular traffic congestion.
“The Singleton Bypass will also allow better access to the town and increase opportunities for more housing in our community.”
The Australian Government’s committed $560 million towards the New England Highway project, long advocated by former Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, with the NSW Government investing a further $140 million.
“This is a landmark day for the Upper Hunter, locking in the company to design and construct Singleton’s biggest infrastructure undertaking,” federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King said.
“The Albanese government is proud to be partnering with states and territories across the country to deliver the projects that matter.”
NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Jenny Aitchison agreed.
“The Singleton Bypass will improve the lives of people living and working right across the Hunter,” the Maitland MP said.
“When it’s built, motorists will avoid five sets of traffic lights in Singleton’s CBD – enhancing safety, slashing travel times and increasing efficiency for all road users.”
Hunter MP Dan Repacholi echoed those sentiments.
“This is the biggest road infrastructure project in Singleton’s history,” he said.
“It will benefit so many people who live, work and visit our region.
“Importantly, the project also delivers economic growth and will support more than 1,300 jobs during construction.”
Duty MLC for the Upper Hunter electorate Emily Suvaal said everyone, locals and visitors alike, was keen to see it come to fruition.
“With the major contract now signed, we can really hit the ground running on this vital development,” she stated.
“The Singleton Bypass is another example of the ways the Albanese and Minns governments are working together to deliver critical infrastructure projects that will set not only the Hunter, but the nation, up for the future.”
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