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21 May 1991

FURTHER £23 MILLION FOR YASS BYPASS

The Hawke Government today re-affirmed its aim to complete the 16 km Yass Bypass by June 1994 when it allocated another $23 million for the project.

The release of further funds for the $110 million bypass was announced in Yass by Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, during an inspection tour of the Hume Highway in New South Wales.

Mr Brown said he was aware of Yass Shire Council' s concerns that the bypass might not be completed on time and the frustration of residents at the traffic delays and congestion that occurred in the town at Easter.

1 It was for this reason that the Federal Government brought forward a start on the Yass Bypass by three years to 1989-90, and scheduled a construction timetable similar to that for the Goulburn Bypass and the Cullarin Range Deviation.

1 Bringing the project forward has caused inevitable delays in property acquisition. Consequently, progress on the bypass construction has not been as fast as expected.

1 Despite these unavoidable delays, however, there has been no change to the Federal Government1s strategy and it is allocating the necessary funds to ensure the bypass is completed on time in 19941, Mr Brown said.

'This remains an achievable target date.

'The extra funding of almost $23 million made available today covers the cost of the initial major earthworks and further bridging contracts.

'Tenders are being called this month and it is expected that work will begin in July or August, depending on the weather'.

Mr Brown said the latest funding was in addition to the $10 million he approved in April for a start on two sets of twin bridges that eventually will carry the bypass over the Sydney-Melbourne railway line.

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1 One set of twin bridges has been completed and tenders have closed for the remaining rail bridges.

'Overall, the Federal Government has approved projects worth almost $33 million for the bypass', Mr Brown said.

1 Further approvals and funding allocations will be consistent with meeting the June 1994 deadline. The Federal Government is determined to ensure that the bypass is completed on schedule'.

The new $23 million project involves earthworks, drainage and bridges over a 7.3 km section of the bypass between Coolalie Road and the proposed southern interchange.

It includes preliminary works associated with the northern interchange, twin bridges over Bango Creek and local road bridges at Coolalie Road, Waterworks Road and Wargeila Road.

Mr Brown1s inspection includes a familiarisation of the road from the northern end of the Yass Bypass at the Barton Highway junction and the start of the $150 million Cullarin Range Deviation, a distance of approximately

18 km.

'Conversion of this section of the highway to four lanes will have the highest priority after completion of existing bypasses and deviations', Mr Brown said.

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