Muswellbrook bypass – New England Highway

Roads and Maritime Services is planning for a future bypass of Muswellbrook. In March 2015, the NSW Government announced $68 million through the Rebuilding NSW Infrastructure Plan to get a future bypass ready for construction. The NSW Government has allocated $2 million in 2018-19 to continue planning.

Updates and announcements

As part of the planning process, we have carried out investigations to identify an economically viable option which meets funding requirements. The findings can be found in the New England Highway Muswellbrook Bypass Options Report (PDF, 14.7Mb). The options report reaffirms the preserved corridor in Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Local Environment Plan (LEP), with minor route changes to improve the economic viability of the bypass.

We are preparing a business case to progress the project.

The project is subject to funding from the Australian Government and timing for construction of the bypass has not been confirmed.

Project background

The New England Highway is part of the National Land Transport Network in NSW.

In 1998 Roads and Maritime carried out a route selection study for a proposed Muswellbrook bypass. Three options were displayed from December 2000 to February 2001. These options are no longer viable, largely due to mining activities in the area.

The Australian Government selected a preferred option for the route in 2005. In 2009 the preferred route corridor was included in Muswellbrook’s LEP and preserved for the future bypass.

The New England Highway Muswellbrook Bypass Options Report reaffirms the corridor preserved in Muswellbrook’s LEP, with minor route changes to improve the economic viability of the option.

Project objectives

The bypass would have significant benefits including:

  • Improve network efficiency on the New England Highway, particularly travel times for long haul freight movements
  • Improve safety for all road users in the town centre, particularly relating to heavy and light vehicle interactions
  • Improve amenity of Muswellbrook township.

Project documents


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