The NSW Government have opened tenders for major upgrades to a large section of the Golden Highway in Upper Hunter.
The $113 million road safety investment will include $16 million joint funding from the Federal and State Governments for Mudies Creek Bridge as well as a $97 million investment from the NSW Government for the New England Highway upgrade.
The Mudies Creek Bridge project includes building a new 30-metre-long bridge over Mudies Creek that is three meters above the current road level. These precautions have been taken to ensure the bridge is high enough to withstand a one-in-100-year-flood.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack commented that this bridge would improve travel reliability across the Golden Highway during peak flooding times.
“This upgrade is another example of how we are working to deliver better road safety and productivity benefits for the Upper Hunter region and New South Wales as a whole.”
The upgrades to the New England Highway, however, will include creating two travel lanes in each direction from Belford to the Golden Highway and building a flyover for vehicles turning right towards Maitland and Newcastle.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole stated that this project would improve safety and travel times as well as increase traffic flow.
“More than 22,000 motorists travel along this section of the highway each day, including about 2000 freight vehicles, which is why progress on this upgrade is so important,” Minister Toole said.
“We know how important projects like these are to local communities, not only when delivered, but also during construction, with these upgrades expected to support about 280 jobs.”
Tenders for this major highway upgrade are closing in January 2021 with the successful contractor to be announced next year. Work on the project will begin in 2021 with an expected completion date within three years.
If you’re interested in submitting a tender for this project, you can apply here.
Source: Media Release
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