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jfe Bob BrownJw AUSTRALIAMinister for Land Transport 177/92

« 17 August 1992

MTTTAGONG BYPASS OPENS FOR TRAFFIC

The $83.3 million Mittagong bypass on the Sydney-Melbourne National Highway was officially opened to traffic today.

The 8.2 km dual-carriageway, which includes five bridges, bypasses Welby and Mittagong. The completion of the bypass, fully funded by the Federal Government, means that motorists on the Hume will have dual carriageway from Liverpool to south of Goulbum.

Federal Land Transport Minister Bob Brown said at the opening that the new bypass would produce major savings in travelling time, would reduce accidents on the road and would lower operating costs for private motorists and the transport industry.

Mr Brown said that the improvements to the National Highway over the past decade had been dramatic.

'Since 1983, the Federal Government has committed $1.2 billion to the Hume Highway. This has seen the duplication of major sections of the road and bypasses of many of the towns, resulting in safer, faster travel.'

. Mr Brown said many of the huge construction projects aimed at improving the highway were now coming to fruition.

'In December of this year the $99 million Goulbum bypass will open to traffic. The $151 million Cullarin Range deviation is expected to be completed six months ahead of schedule and under budget in December 1993.

'And in mid 1994 the $110 million Yass bypass and the $16 million interchange to the Barton Highway connector are expected to be opened.'

Mr Brown said that not only were these massive projects extremely beneficial in themselves, bringing major productivity gains in transport, but they also generated a large number of jobs.

'This was the reason for the recent early announcement of this year's road funding.

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'Together with untied road grants to local councils, this year in Australia the Federal Government will be investing $2 billion in Australia's roads, including One Nation funding of $408 million.

This funding will be distributed throughout the country, bringing important improvements to our transport network and immediate employment creation.'

Mr Brown complimented the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and all contractors for bringing the bypass in four months ahead of schedule and $13.6 million under budget.

'In addition, special attention was paid during the planning and construction stages to protect Aboriginal archeological sites and to avoid environmental damage', he said.

'Work involved revegetation, landscaping and tree-planting, with special provisions to re-establish indigenous species.

'Noise barriers were also provided at Aylmerton and Welby.'

Media contact: David Hogan (06) 274 7066