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Singleton Bypass almost ready to begin construction

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After being talked about for decades, construction is almost ready to begin on the Singleton Bypass in New South Wales’ Hunter Region.

The 8km bypass, which is on the New England Highway and is due to open to traffic in 2026, is expected to ease congestion on one of the area’s most notorious bottlenecks.

Contractor ACCIONA has carried out early work including geotechnical and utility investigations and additional site surveys.

These early activities will inform the detailed design for the project before major construction starts later this year.

Transport for NSW’s environment team has also been working with ecologists, ahead of vegetation clearing, to oversee the carving of replacement hollows in trees adjacent to the project, to preserve wildlife habitats.

NSW minister for regional transport and roads, Jenny Aitchison, said the bypass will make a noticeable difference to congestion in Singleton’s CBD.

“The Singleton bypass will improve the lives of people living and working right across the Hunter region,” she said.

“When the bypass is built motorists will avoid five sets of traffic lights in Singleton’s CBD and it’ll remove about 15,000 vehicles a day from the town centre – improving safety, slashing travel times and increasing efficiency for all road users.”

The Singleton Bypass is expected to open to traffic in late 2026, weather permitting.

This project forms an important part of the Australian Government’s wider $764 million dollar investment in projects along the New England Highway.

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