The Tenterfield Bypass is one step closer to becoming a reality, with Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd today announced as the successful tenderer to carry out planning work.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the Australian Government provided $10 million for the planning work in the 2017-18 Federal Budget toward the project.
“We’ve got our money rolling out the door to get this project happening. Today’s announcement is one of the first steps in the process and it shows there is real momentum behind the project,” Mr Joyce said.
“It will take some time to complete these planning works given the scope of the project.
“The bypass is going to start north of the Tenterfield Creek Bridge, run west of the railway corridor and then re-join the existing highway near Cowper Street, supporting both local industry and interstate drivers.”
New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said work would include carrying out a review of environmental factors and scope out the detailed design for the project.
“After a competitive process six applications were received to carry out planning work and it’s great to announce the successful tenderer for the planning stage,” Mrs Pavey said.
New South Wales Member for Lismore Thomas George said the existing road was narrow, had several pedestrian crossings and a 40 km/h speed restriction through the town centre, creating challenges for the local community.
“The 4.5 kilometre bypass project is going to remove heavy vehicles from the town’s main street, giving it back to the local community for everyone to enjoy,” Mr George said.
Planning work is expected to take around three years to complete and the community will be kept informed as the proposal progresses.