Scone Bypass surveying work continues

1 August 2016

The Scone Bypass project on the New England Highway continues to progress, with additional investigations and surveying starting today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the environmental assessment for the $90 million bypass was finalised in April, allowing detailed design to be carried out.

“This is a great step forward for the project. Ultimately, the bypass will mean safer and quieter streets for residents in Scone,” Mr Joyce said.

“Businesses will also see great value through savings in freight travel times on the highway, which is why the Australian and New South Wales governments have each committed $45 million to the bypass.”

New South Wales Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said the latest investigations and surveying will take place along the proposed bypass alignment and at some nearby properties.

“This stage of work will include recording survey data, detailed mapping and photography, installation of water monitoring at selected boreholes and digging test pits to examine soil types,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Every effort will be made to minimise impact to motorists through temporary changes to traffic conditions to allow the team to safely carry out the work.”

The Australian Government committed an additional $20 million to the project on 20 June 2016.

Major work on the bypass is expected in early 2018, weather permitting.

Local property owners will continue to be kept informed as the project progresses.

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Media Contacts

For Mr Joyce: Simon Chamberlain 0477 309 999

For Mr Johnsen: Michael Johnsen 02 6543 1065

View the original media release.

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