New England Highway bypass of Scone

Roads and Maritime Services is building the New England Highway bypass of Scone to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for road users.

Aerial view of Scone, with bypass construction work on the left
Aerial view of Scone, with bypass construction work on the left

Updates and announcements

Work on the New England Highway bypass of Scone is under way.

Work on the project's three bridges is continuing. The 172 bridge beams required for the project have now all been manufactured and delivered to site. Bridge foundation work is now complete and construction of the bridge piers to support the beams is progressing well.

Work to install beams for the bridge at the southern interchange and over the rail line is planned to take place in April.

Over 80 per cent of the bulk earthworks have been completed and all 13 major drainage culverts have been installed. Construction of the road foundation is progressing well.

We thank the community for their patience and understanding as we continue to carry this important work on the bypass.

A short section of the footpath along Liverpool Street near the dog park has been temporarily realigned to allow piers to be built for the bridge over Liverpool Street. Access arrangements for the footpath will change periodically until July 2019.

Work is expected to be completed by late 2020, weather permitting

More information about the progress of the bypass project can found in the August 2018 project update (PDF, 17.1Mb).

3D fly-through visualisation


Project background

The New England Highway south of Scone carries 8400 vehicles a day, peaking in town at 14,000. Around 8000 vehicles use the Kelly Street crossing every day, including 1200 heavy vehicles.

There is a poor crash history on this four kilometre section of highway, with 26 crashes in the five years to December 2015.

Following extensive community consultation and environmental assessment, the preferred route was approved in April 2016.

In March 2018, Daracon was awarded the contract for construction.

The Australian and NSW governments have committed $137 million for construction of this major upgrade.

Project objectives and features

The bypass will remove a large number of heavy vehicles from the town centre. This will result in improved:

  • traffic flow and amenity for local traffic
  • travel times for freight and long distance traffic
  • safety for all road users.

Save travel time
Improving safety

around 500 trucks per day off kelly street
Better and more reliable trips for people, business and freight

The bypass also provides an alternative route for road users wanting to travel across town unimpeded by rail operations.

Key features of the upgrade include:

  • a two lane highway bypass to the west of Scone passing between White Park and the redeveloped Scone golf course
  • three bridges - providing a grade-separated intersection at the southern end, crossing over the rail line south of Scone, and crossing over Kingdon and Liverpool streets
  • access to and from the bypass to the north and south of town and midway at St Aubins Street providing for all turning movements.

Please view or download the bypass design map.

Environment protection and monitoring

The Environment Protection License for the project was transferred to Daracon Group on 2 July 2018.

The Environment Protection Licence and monthly environmental monitoring data for the project prior to July 2018 can be found on the Environment Protection Licence page.

Next steps

Work is expected to be completed by late 2020, weather permitting.

We will continue to keep stakeholders and the community informed as the project progresses.

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