Sep 15, 2008

Preferred Routes Announced For Tarcutta, Holbrook and Woomargama Bypasses

Preferred Routes Announced For Tarcutta, Holbrook and Woomargama Bypasses

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 15 2008

Today I announce the preferred routes for the bypasses of Tarcutta, Holbrook and Woomargama – a major milestone in the Rudd Labor Government’s plan to upgrade the remaining sections of the Hume Highway to dual carriageway by 2012.

The corridors for these three new bypasses were selected following technical, environmental and social assessments of the various options as well as extensive consultations with the affected communities.

The preferred corridors for all three bypasses are the ‘western option’.

The bypasses of Tarcutta, Holbrook and Woomargama will take up to 2,700 trucks off the local roads of these towns and reduce the time it takes to move freight between Sydney and Melbourne.

The RTA will now submit project applications to the NSW Department of Planning and start drawing up concept designs for each of the proposed bypasses.

Detailed environmental assessments, surveys, and geotechnical and ecological investigations will also start soon, with the Rudd Labor Government having provided the NSW Government with $9 million to undertake this necessary work. Once completed, this work will go on public display.

There are many aspects of the detailed design work that will need further community input including the impact on properties, access arrangements, drainage infrastructure and noise management.

The projects will then be submitted to the NSW Planning Minister for final approval.

Construction of these bypasses will fulfil our commitment to upgrade the entire Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne to dual carriageway.