Construction on the Parkes Bypass is roaring ahead, with more than 100,000 cubic metres of earth removed to make way for the upgrade.
The project is part of a record investment of $1.7 billion from the Australian and New South Wales Governments to improve safety, freight productivity and travel times between the Victorian and Queensland borders.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said the project has made great progress in the last six months.
“Work started in November last year and already more than 100,000 cubic metres of earth has been removed to make way for the new 10.5-kilometre length of road,” he said. “Works on a bridge over the rail lines at Haritgan Avenue has resulted in 25 of its 49 piles being constructed, which will create a solid foundation for the new structure.
“Closer to the ground, work has been carried out to improve the stormwater drainage, new water infrastructure installed and the relocation of electrical services has taken place,” he said.
According to Farraway, the completed bypass will take more than 1,200 heavy vehicles and other traffic away from the town centre every day, making the CBD more accessible.
“This all adds up to increased safety for local and interstate motorists and pedestrians in and around Parkes, and it will significantly support the regional freight industry,” he said.
The new two-lane corridor will feature five key intersections and two new bridges, including one over the rail corridor and a second one being built over the bypass on Victoria street.
Two T-intersections will be featured North and South of the town between the existing Newell Highway and the bypass, and a fairway roundabout at Condobolin Road.
The other two are a split T-intersection at London Road and another at Bogan Road.