Tenterfield heavy vehicle bypass - New England Highway

The Australian Government funded the planning of a heavy vehicle bypass at Tenterfield. The project was first announced in August 2012 and concluded with the selection of the preferred route in March 2015.

Updates and announcements

The preferred route (orange corridor) for the Tenterfield heavy vehicle bypass was announced in March 2015. You can view the consultation summary report (PDF, 1.1MB). The feedback received during the preferred route consultation period will be retained and will be considered as part of any future development of the project.

Next steps

The road alignment will included in the Tenterfield Shire Council’s Local Environmental Plan so that the land can be reserved for future road construction and provide planning certainty for the community.

At this time there is no funding to build the preferred route. Any future development will be outlined on this web page and communicated through direct mail to the community of Tenterfield and the local media.

Project background

Tenterfield is located on the Great Dividing Range at the northern end of the New England Tableland and at the intersection of the New England and Bruxner highways. The existing highway passes through Tenterfield's central business district, causing traffic and safety issues from the mix of heavy vehicle and through traffic with local trips and pedestrian activity. Roads and Maritime Services has worked with the community to identify a preferred route for a heavy vehicle bypass of Tenterfield. Investigations included extensive community consultation with local residents, council, and key stakeholders.

The preferred route provides the best overall balance in meeting the following project objectives:

  • Improve road safety
  • Improve road transport productivity, efficiency and reliability of travel
  • Minimise the impact on the natural, cultural and built environment
  • Provide sustainable economic outcomes for the local community
  • Minimise social impact on the local community
  • Provide value for money.

Although construction funding has not been allocated, the preferred route for a future heavy vehicle bypass provides certainty for the future development of Tenterfield.

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