Contract awarded for construction of Parkes Bypass
25 August 2021
The Parkes Bypass is powering ahead, with a major contract now awarded and major construction set to start later this year.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said Georgiou Group Pty Ltd has been chosen to carry out the Australian and NSW Government’s $187.2 million project, following a competitive tender process.
“Georgiou Group Pty Ltd brings a wealth of experience, having worked previously on other major infrastructure projects across the state, including Mona Vale Road upgrade Stage 2, the Windsor Bridge replacement and the new bridge over Clarence River at Tabulam,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The 10.5 kilometre bypass will be a game-changer for not just Parkes but the entire Central West region, supporting the freight industry, fuelling economic growth, and improving access and safety along this vital transport corridor.”
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said early work, including installing 12 kilometres of fencing around the site, laying concrete to create a network of utility-protecting concrete slabs and local road construction is continuing with major road and bridge work on track to commence later this year.
“It is expected there will be 70 to 100 full-time staff working on the project each day once construction kicks off later this year,” Mr Toole said.
“We know how important this project is to the community – and to delivering better journeys for freight, farmers and other motorists. With construction now not far off, the bypass is on track to be open to traffic in 2024.”
Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack welcomed the announcement and said the Parkes Bypass would deliver many benefits to the region.
“I know how important this bypass will be for the Parkes community and for the thousands of vehicles which travel along the Newell Highway every day,” Mr McCormack said.
“This bypass is projected to remove more than 1,200 heavy vehicles and other through traffic from the centre of Parkes every day, increasing safety for both commuters and pedestrians.”
For more information on the project visit nswroads.work/parkesupgrade.