Mr Joyce pictured with Upper Hunter Shire Council General Manager Steve McDonald, State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, and Deputy Mayor Maurice Collison.
Member for New England and Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Recovery, Barnaby Joyce, said work is well underway on the $137 million New England Highway bypass at Scone.
Construction of the two-lane highway bypass started in July last year with delivery of the first load of concrete bridge girders.
The new four kilometre route to the west of Scone is now clearly defined with project construction on track to be complete by next year.
“This bypass is not only making Scone’s CBD safer for local motorists and pedestrians, it’s also helping to build our corridor of commerce in the Upper Hunter-New England by creating an inland super highway through the heart of our electorate,” Mr Joyce said.
“The project is expected to support more than 1,100 direct and indirect jobs during its two-year construction.
“Together with major spending on neighbouring infrastructure projects such as the $11.8 million Scone saleyards, $12 million we’re delivering to upgrade Merriwa-Willow Tree Road or new facilities at White Park, it’s all helping to drive jobs and investment back into regional communities like our own.”
The Scone Bypass is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments, with the Australian Government contributing $65 million and the NSW Government contributing $72 million.