Early works get underway on $700m Singleton Bypass project in NSW

Monica Gameng   |   January 24, 2023
Singleton Bypass (cr: Transport for NSW)

Early works have commenced on Singleton’s largest infrastructure project to date – the Singleton Bypass – taking it a step further towards major construction. 

New South Wales’ New England Highway – Singleton Bypass project is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments, each contributing $560 million and $140 million respectively. 

“The Australian Government is proud to be making a significant investment to bring this vital bypass to fruition. 

“This will benefit communities and businesses around Singleton by boosting freight productivity while safely and more quickly connecting people with jobs and services. 

“We know the real difference this can make for Australians, which is why our Government is investing in infrastructure like this right across NSW,” Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King said. 

Early works on the new bypass road will include the installation of fencing along the corridor, demolition of existing buildings and relocation of utilities along with additional geotechnical investigations and surveys. 

The Singleton Bypass is going to be delivered under a construct and design contract that is anticipated to be awarded in mid-2023. 

In November 2022, three tenderers were shortlisted to deliver the project. The shortlist included Acciona Constructions Australia Pty Ltd, Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd and John Holland Pty Ltd. 

“The New England Highway currently carries around 26,000 vehicles, including more than 3,700 heavy vehicles, through the centre of Singleton each day. 

“By reducing traffic passing through, particularly that heavy freight, motorists will reap the benefits of better traffic flow, travel times and safety through Singleton’s town centre. 

“Plus, with the local jobs and long-term economic boost the project will deliver, it’ll leave a lasting legacy for communities,” Federal Member for the Hunter Dan Repacholi MP said. 

putty-road-interchange-nswProposed Putty Road interchange (source: Transport for NSW)

The bypass is proposed to feature: 

  • About eight kilometres of new highway with a single lane in each direction 
  • A 1.8-kilometre bridge over the Main Northern Railway, Doughboy Hollow and Hunter River floodplains 
  • Connections at the southern and northern ends of the bypass, at Putty Road and at Gowrie Gates 
  • A 600-metre bridge as part of changes to the southern connection 

“The eight-kilometre project will ease congestion on one of the Hunter region’s most notorious bottlenecks making the daily commute for motorists easier. 

“It will bypass five sets of traffic lights in Singleton’s CBD and remove about 15,000 vehicles a day from the town centre. 

“The NSW Government is building what matters, like the Singleton Bypass, to secure a brighter future for regional NSW,” NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway said. 

The Singleton Bypass will also be designed to cater for future upgrades to a dual carriageway where necessary to meet traffic demands. 

Major construction on the project is anticipated to commence in late 2023 and the new bypass to open to traffic in late 2026, weather permitting. 

“It is all systems a go here in the Hunter, this is a project that I have pushed for because I know just how much of a positive impact it will make in our community. 

“The Singleton Bypass will not only bust congestion but it will improve connectivity, take the trucks out of the main township and, importantly, support more than 1,300 jobs during construction. 

“I am pleased the bypass will include a full interchange with Putty Road and a new 600-metre-long bridge at the southern connection – something our community had asked for,” State Member for the Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said. 

Source: Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government; Transport for NSW (1, 2); Roads & Infrastructure Australia 

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