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22 May 1991

MITTAGONG BYPASS PROGRESSING WELL

The prolonged dry weather may have farmers worried, but not the contractors building the $97 million Mittagong Bypass.

A lack of rain has enabled them to push ahead with construction of the 8.2 km bypass and it could open as early as September 1992, Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, announced today.

Mr Brown inspected the project today on the final day of a tour of the Hume Highway in north-eastern Victoria and southern New South Wales.

The bypass is one of a number of projects worth more than $700 million currently under way on the Hume Highway. Most of the route between Yass and Liverpool will be duplicated by 1993-94, with much of the highway in Victoria already converted to four-lane standard.

Mr Brown said work was proceeding on the bridge that eventually will carry southbound traffic over Gibbergunyah Creek.

'The northbound bridge and the twin bridges over the Nattai River have been completed', he said.

'About 17 000 vehicles, including 4000 heavy trucks and buses are expected to use the bypass following its completion.

'The Federal Government places a high priority on upgrading the entire 785 km Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne to four lanes, with bypasses of major towns', Mr Brown said.

Media contact: Brian Hill (06) 277 7440 (w)

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