Tenterfield Bypass workshop recommendation

21 August 2014

Planning to identify the preferred route for a future New England Highway heavy vehicle bypass of Tenterfield is a step closer after a workshop involving community members and technical experts recommended a preferred option.

Roads and Maritime Services said the 28 participants in the value management workshop assessed the performance of the four shortlisted routes and found the orange option performed best against social, environmental, engineering and value for money criteria.

"The Australian Government has committed $6 million for planning of the heavy vehicle bypass and an upgrade at Bolivia Hill,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“The New England Highway is a major interstate freight route between Newcastle and Queensland and provides an alternative route to the Pacific Highway but it passes through Tenterfield’s central business district, causing traffic and safety issues.”

Ten community and local representatives attended the workshop, including two elected representatives from the recent community briefing, two representatives from Council and members of the Local Aboriginal Land Council, business chamber, the historical society and National Parks and Wildlife.

"The orange option was recommended because it is close to the town centre, making it more likely that light vehicles will continue to travel through the central business district," the spokesperson said.

"The option is also close to local tourist attractions such as the museum."

The yellow option was assessed as the worst performing against the project criteria. The blue and purple options were excluded due to cost and the impact on the Currys Gap Conservation area.

“Roads and Maritime will use outcomes of the value management workshop as well as wider community comment received during the feedback period and the results of technical investigations to identify a preferred option,” the spokesperson said.

It is expected a preferred option will be confirmed later this year. Roads and Maritime will then request Council to preserve the road corridor in its local environmental plan.

For more information visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects or phone the project team on 1800 810 680.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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