The Federal and New South Wales Governments have called for major construction partners to submit tenders for the $187.2 million Parkes Bypass.
The Parkes Bypass includes building a 10.5km road between Maguire Road to the north and Barkers Road to the south. This upgrade will remove up to 1,200 heavy vehicles from traffic in the centre of Parkes every day.
This multi-million-dollar project is jointly funded, with the Federal Government committing $149.7 million and the New South Wales Government committing $37.4 million.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the call for tenders would be open for eight weeks to allow proposals to be submitted.
“We know how important this bypass will be for the community at Parkes and for the thousands of vehicles that travel along the Newell Highway every day – that is why we have committed $149.7 million of Commonwealth funding,” Mr McCormack said.
“It will be a game-changer for the region, and today it is one step closer to being delivered.
“The Australian Government continues to roll out these types of major projects across the nation under our record $110 billion infrastructure investment plan, which is laying the foundations for economic recovery from the global pandemic.”
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said in addition to the main contract; an information session will be held for local contractors and suppliers to allow them to meet the prospective tenderer and start building local employment opportunities.
“We want to ensure the community is benefitting from the project before a single-vehicle uses the bypass by linking local businesses employing qualified tradespeople with this game-changing road project,” Mr Toole said.
“When we invest in these massive infrastructure projects, our aim is to make sure that we are creating local jobs and local opportunities, so the communities see the benefits sooner.
“The Parkes Bypass is not only going to deliver safer and better journeys for motorists on the Newell Highway, but it’s also going to inject millions in economic activity into Parkes, helping to build a safer and stronger region.”
A mandatory pre-tender meeting for all interested tenderers, including a site inspection, will be held on Tuesday the 20th of April at the Parkes Golf Club from 9 am.
The successful head contractor for the main construction contract is expected to be announced following this process, with work set to start in late 2021.
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