Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out a route options assessment to select a preferred route for a future New England Highway bypass of Singleton.
The NSW Government has announced $92 million towards the upgrade under Rebuilding NSW to improve traffic flow and safety.
The community comment period for the short listed route options closed on Friday 23 October 2015. Feedback received will be considered to select the preferred bypass route, which is expected to be displayed for community comment in the second half of 2016.
More information about the feedback received during the public display is available in the March 2016 Community Consultation Report.
Singleton Council lodged a submission with RMS outlining its preferred route option.
The New England Highway is part of the National Land Transport Network and is a major freight and commuter route forming part of the Sydney-Brisbane corridor. It is recognised for its strategic national importance for economic growth, development and connectivity.
The highway passes through Singleton and forms the main road access through the town and to the CBD. Currently up to 26,000 vehicles a day travel on the highway through Singleton and across the Hunter River.
A bypass could potentially reduce future traffic volumes travelling along the existing highway through Singleton by about 30 per cent, improving traffic flow and local amenity through town.
In 2013 Roads and Maritime completed a preliminary feasibility assessment study for a potential New England Highway bypass of Singleton. The study determined a bypass is feasible and there is merit in further investigation of potential route options.
Work started in November 2014 on a route options assessment to identify a preferred bypass corridor.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has completed a pre-feasibility study of a New England Highway bypass for Singleton.
The study determined a bypass of Singleton appears feasible and there is merit in further investigation of potential options. RMS still has a large amount of work to undertake before a preferred option can be recommended to the government.
A bypass for Singleton video has been created by Council to highight its importance.