Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is building a dual carriageway bypass to the west of Holbrook to improve safety and transport efficiency.
The Australian Government is committed to upgrading the entire length of the Hume Highway to a four lane divided carriageway.
WHY IS A BYPASS NEEDED?
A bypass will improve safety and convenience for motorists and local residents by removing many cars and heavy vehicles from the streets of Holbrook. The bypass will also improve the efficiency of freight movements along the Hume Highway, the main transport corridor between Sydney and Melbourne.
The Holbrook bypass will be approximately 9.5 kilometres long.
It will run from four kilometres north of Holbrook where it will deviate west from the existing dual carriageways to cross Wagga Wagga Road.
The bypass will cross the former Town Common area, passing to the west of the cemetery, sewerage treatment works and industrial area and then cross Culcairn Road.
From Culcairn Road the bypass will cross Ten Mile Creek and rejoin the existing dual carriageway two kilometres south of Holbrook.
- Four-lane divided carriageway with a 110km/h speed limit.
- A full-diamond northern interchange on Wagga Wagga Road with northbound and southbound on and off load ramps.
- A full-diamond southern interchange near the existing Hume Highway with southbound and northbound on and off load ramps.
- Twin bridges over Culcairn Road.
- Twin bridges over Ten Mile Creek.
- Landscape and urban design treatments to minimise visual impact and provide 'gateway' treatments to Holbrook.
- Environmental controls to minimise impacts on nearby waterways and natural areas.
- Removing many heavy vehicles from residential and shopping areas of Holbrook.
- Improving pedestrian safety along the current Hume Highway route through Holbrook.
- Reducing traffic noise for residents and businesses, particularly at night.
- Travel time and fuel savings for vehicles moving between Sydney and Melbourne.
- An environmental assessment for the Holbrook bypass was publicly displayed from 11 November to 14 December 2009.
- Roads and Maritime Services considered community and agency submissions which can be found in the Holbrook bypass submissions report in the public information section of this website. The project was approved by the Minister for Planning in April 2010.
- Tenders were invited to build the bypass and a contract was awarded to Abigroup in March 2011.
- The project is due for completion in mid 2013.