The Australian Government is providing $10 million to continue planning of the bypass. Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce visited Tenterfield yesterday and said there was 'no going back'.
“It will certainly make the main street of Tenterfield a more ‘user-friendly’ place," Mr Joyce told The Northern Daily Leader.
The project includes about 4.5 kilometres of new road that starts just north of Tenterfield Creek Bridge on the southern edge of town, runs west of the railway corridor and rejoins the existing New England Highway near Cowper Street, north of Tenterfield. This project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.
Five Roads and Maritime tenders are available at Australian Tenders to view. It was released by the Roads and Maritime Services and also includes a call for services in the Security & Parking & Traffic Services & Equipment/Traffic Management & Control services category. The tender closes on 21 September 2017.
The project involves construction of approximately five kilometres of new two lane highway to the west of the town of Scone.
The key features of the project include:
* Grade-separated intersection at the southern end of the bypass
* At-grade intersection at St Aubins Street midway along the bypass
* At-grade intersection at the northern end of the bypass
* 3 span super-t girder bridge at the southern grade-separated connection
* High-skew 3 span bulb-t girder bridge over the Great Northern Railway to the south of Scone
* 20 span super-t girder bridge approximately 540 metres long commencing on the southern side of Parsons Gully and extending over Kingdon and Liverpool streets
* > 200,000m³ of imported fill material required for earthwork embankment and pavement construction.
Interested parties can also can view or download the August 2017 community update here.
The preferred route (orange corridor) for the Tenterfield heavy vehicle bypass was announced in March 2015. You can view the consultation summary report.
The road alignment has been 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.
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.