The Singleton Bypass is another step closer.
Planning for the bypass is moving ahead to finalise the detailed design following feedback from the local community.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said the bypass will be a game changer for the region.
“From the submissions we received from our local Singleton community, there is overwhelming support for the project,” Michael Johnsen said.
“With 26,000 vehicles, including more than 3700 trucks passing through our Singleton town centre each day, the planned bypass will improve amenity, reduce travels times, ease congestion and improve safety for all road users."
“The proposed route will save motorists about six minutes in travel time, bypass five sets of traffic lights and remove about 15,000 vehicles per day from the town centre."
There is some concern from the community through that the Bypass won't be a dual carriageway.
“While there were calls for a dual carriageway, the proposed bypass has been designed with flexibility to be upgraded to meet future traffic demands if required," said Michael Johnsen.
"It's simply not economically viable, look I get it."
"I totally get it, but it's not economically viable and its your money that we're spending to get this done."
"Having said that we will deliver because we've already purchased the properties, in terms of buying the width of the road, the road reserve big enough to extend to dual lanes if and when the future demands that we need to do so."
"Let's put it into some perspective. When people are heading from the south heading north, there's 23-odd thousand vehicles and drop down significantly going through Singleton because a lot of them actually turn off on the Golden Highway," he said.
The bypass will involve building a new section of highway across the floodplain west of Singleton from near Newington Lane to the New England Highway north of McDougalls Hill.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the New England Highway Singleton Bypass is a key project for the Hunter region which would deliver huge economic and safety benefits, as well as creating jobs and investment.
“The bypass will make a huge difference to the local community as well as motorists who travel along the New England Highway, especially for freight and heavy vehicles,” Paul Toole said.
“This is evident from the feedback we received during the community consultation which we have responded to in the submission report.”
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