Apr 3, 2012

Bega Bypass: Builders appointed; work to start within weeks

Macmahon Contractors P/L has been selected to build the new, fully-Federally funded Bega Bypass, clearing the way for work to begin onsite next month some 30 years after the first line was drawn on a map.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the appointment of a builder, along with the completion of almost three years of extensive planning, public consultations and preconstruction activities, are significant milestones in the delivery
of this long-awaited piece of infrastructure.

“Having listened to the local community’s feedback and considered the region’s long term infrastructure needs, I am now confident the final alignment and design will stand the test of time and fulfil the commitment Federal Labor gave before the last election,” said Mr Albanese.

Eden-Monaro MP Mike Kelly said today’s announcement is a major victory for Bega and South Coast communities.

“In fact we are now only a couple of months away from witnessing the start of the major construction work is a tribute to the persistence of all those in the local community who have championed this project for many years,” said Dr Kelly.

“Once completed in 2014, the new bypass will deliver safer and quicker driving conditions along this section of highway as well as take more than 500 trucks a day off the local streets of Bega.”

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the project will involve building a new 3.5 kilometre two-lane road to the west of the existing Princes Highway between the existing Bega River Bridge and Finucane Lane.

“There will also be new bridge crossings at High Street and Ravenswood Street, a new underpass at Applegum Close as well as two major access points linking the town, the bypass and the properties to the west,” said Mr Gay.

“During construction some 360 direct and indirect jobs will be created, providing a major boost to the local economy.”