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Bookham bypass stage 2 starts in February



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Work on the second and final stage of the Hume Highway bypass at Bookham, 20km south of Yass, will start in February 1999, the Federal Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, announced today.

The $64 million project has strategic importance within the National Highway network as it will complete a ‘missing link’ in an otherwise continuous length of freeway-standard road over 360km between Sydney and Coolac, near Gundagai.

“Bypasses are scheduled at both Coolac and Albury, bringing closer the day when the Federal Government will complete the task of duplicating the Hume Highway over the entire distance between Sydney and Melbourne,” Mr Anderson said.

He announced that Thiess Contractors of Sydney has been awarded the contract to . undertake the $39 million, 10km second stage, bypassing the scene of a fatal accident in August. A sweeping bend and creek crossing on the existing highway will be eliminated and bridges built over Stony Creek and Bogolong Creek.

“While the accident generally has been attributed to atrocious windy and wet weather that day, the highway at Bookham has a traffic accident rate 37 per cent higher than the National Highway average,” Mr Anderson said.

“About 12,000 vehicles pass through Bookham daily. Almost one-third of this number comprises trucks and heavy vehicles carrying 6.5 million tonnes of freight annually.

“Fatigue - another factor in crash statistics - will be addressed by incorporating into the bypass project two new truck parking areas and a new rest area with access to the village store,” Mr Anderson said.

The entire 19km project, including the first stage south of Bookham, is due to be completed in 2000. Other stage 2 design features taking into account local needs include:

• a pedestrian underpass and crossing at Conroys Street to provide pedestrian access to the town recreation area, which would be separated from the rest of the village by the four-lane bypass;

• school bus parking bays that improve safety and traffic flows;

• a stock underpass at Binalong Road that will separate stock movements on the Childowa - Binalong stock route from Hume Highway traffic.

Minister for Transport and Regional Services

BOOKHAM BYPASS STAGE 2 STARTS IN FEBRUARY

26A 23rd December 1998

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680 / 0419 233989

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