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.

Large concrete beams for the three bridges are being delivered every second weekday. In October these deliveries will increase to every weekday until early 2019. A total of 172 beams will be used for the project.

Bridge pile construction will be carried out between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday from early October until March 2019.

Piling work will progress across the project area from south to north, and is likely to generate more noise and vibration than construction activities to date. We will make every effort to minimise noise impacts to nearby residents and the community.

About 250,000m3 of road fill is being imported from various locations to minimise heavy vehicle traffic in town, and this will continue until mid-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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