First contract awarded for early work on Muswellbrook bypass

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The contract for early work for the Muswellbrook Bypass has been granted to Fenech Demolition Pty Ltd, a local second-generation, family-run and proudly Aboriginal owned business.

Improving employment and business opportunities for the Aboriginal communities of the Hunter region is a key feature of the contract for early work on the New England Highway bypass of Muswellbrook.

Early works have already commenced with demolition work and general clearing starting last week.

Next steps for the bypass will involve inviting companies who have registered their interest to participate in the following Expression of Interest stage, before Transport for NSW develops a shortlist of tenderers by mid-year.

The Muswellbrook bypass will have significant benefits including improving safety for all road users in the town centre and reducing travel times on the New England Highway.

Key features for the Muswellbrook bypass include the construction of a 9.3-kilometre bypass with a single lane in each direction, a 376-metre-long bridge across Sandy Creek Road, Sandy Creek, Main North railway line, and a southbound exit ramp as well as southern, northern and central interchanges.

The $336 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments, with the Australian Government committing $268.8 million.

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