Focus on local links in countdown to Parkes Bypass

22 July 2021

Planning for the $187.2 million Parkes Bypass is powering ahead, with the opening of a new local road and a change in the speed zone on Henry Parkes Way soon to take effect.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said with major construction on the bypass on track to start at the end of the year, work was continuing to prepare the local road network.

“The new Ross Road between Henry Parkes Way and Back Trundle Road is now open and will be tucked into the west of the future bypass alignment,” Mr Toole said.

“We know how important this bypass will be for the community at Parkes – and our focus is on providing safer, more efficient journeys for those heading into Parkes as well as for those continuing along the Newell Highway.”

Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said building the Parkes Bypass required a coordinated effort between Parkes Shire Council, which is involved in building sections of new local road within Parkes, and the Australian and NSW Governments, which are jointly funding the $187.2 million bypass project.

“This bypass will be an absolute game-changer for the town and for the wider region, creating many local jobs and ensuring people get where they need to go sooner and safer,” Mr McCormack said.

“These local road links are about planning ahead for road users travelling in and around Parkes once the bypass is complete.

“As the bypass is built, there will be some changes to local roads which road users will need to be aware of as the project moves forward.”

Parkes Shire Council Mayor Ken Keith OAM said Council was committed to continuing to work with the NSW and Australian Governments during the transformation of Parkes.

“Council’s Road Naming Committee has named this new road to honour the Ross family, who lived in the Shallow Rush area and made a significant contribution to the Parkes community,” Cr Keith said.

As part of the local road changes, the 80km/h speed zones on Henry Parkes Way will be extended by 420 metres from Monday 2 August. Moulden Street between Henry Parkes Way and Back Trundle Road has also closed to traffic.

Electronic signs will be in place for one week prior to the speed limit reduction and for three weeks after to alert road users to the change.

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