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 looking east, with the Parsons Gully Bridge visible centre foreground.
Aerial view of Scone looking east, with the Parsons Gully Bridge visible centre foreground.

Updates and announcements

Work on the New England Highway bypass of Scone is progressing well.

All 124 girders for the Parsons Gully Bridge over Kingdon and Liverpool Streets have been installed.

Together with the girders already installed for the two bridges at the Kelly Street loop and rail overpass, this work has connected the bypass alignment.

Work has commenced pouring concrete to form the three bridges’ decks and this will continue until late September.

View the photo gallery and videos below for progress of road work activities during construction since June 2018

More information about the latest progress of the bypass project can be found in the June 2019 construction update (PDF, 1.18Mb).

Photo gallery


Video of bridge girders being transported from project site compound at Makybe Diva Street through Scone for installation at Parsons Gully Bridge in May 2019.

Video of crane lifting and installing the final girder for Parsons Gully Bridge, connecting the bypass alignment in June 2019.

Timelapse video of rail overpass bridge girders being lifted and installed in April 2019.


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.

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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