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Calling of Coolac bypass tenders welcomed.



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Media Release 9 February 2005

CALLING OF COOLAC BYPASS TENDERS WELCOMED The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull today welcomed the calling of tenders for construction of the $117 million Coolac Bypass, saying it represented an important milestone in the development of the region.

“I have been working to have this section of the Hume Highway upgraded since I was elected and am so pleased we have been able to make an early start on the Auslink objective of duplicating all of the Hume Highway in southern New South Wales by 2012,” Mrs Hull said.

Mrs Hull said construction of the bypass on the eastern side of the disused rail corridor through town will start in the second half of 2005.

“The news that tenders have been called end the uncertainty for landowners affected by construction of the 12 kilometre bypass,” Mrs Hull said.

“The construction period also represents an opportunity for the businesses and people of Coolac to manage the transition to a day when the highway will no longer pass through town.

“The incorporation of two rest areas within the project will emphasise Coolac’s traditional role as a highway service town. I will be working to ensure that Coolac is well signposted from the highway.”

Mrs Hull said local traffic movements had been an important consideration in the bypass design.

“The project includes construction of an interchange at Cootamundra Road with a bridge over the highway, which will also provide motorists with access to Coolac village.

“Motorists travelling northbound will be able to access Pettit Village and Gobarralong Road by a ramp and underpass at Coleman Street. Southbound motorists will be able to turn left directly into Gobarralong Road.”

“The Australian Government has earmarked $1 billion for the Hume Highway upgrade, with the next objective being continuous duplication to the Sturt Highway turn-off.

“The other major project on the drawing boards is a duplicated Sheahan Bridge at Gundagai, which will proceed in the first five years of Auslink.

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“An upgraded Hume Highway, with enhanced safety and efficiency, will have important implications for the Riverina economy.”

Tenders close on 13 April 2005, with the contract expected to be awarded in June 2005.

A pre-tender meeting, including a site inspection, will be held at 10am on Wednesday 9 March at the Gundagai Services Club, Sheridan Street, Gundagai.

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For more information contact Katie Brunskill on 02) 6277 4723, 0428 214600. 2/2