Expressions of interest open for long-awaited Barton Highway duplication

UPDATE: Contractors are invited to register their interest in working on the design and construction of the Barton Highway duplication between the ACT border and Murrumbateman. Photo: Supplied, Barton Highway aerial view
UPDATE: Contractors are invited to register their interest in working on the design and construction of the Barton Highway duplication between the ACT border and Murrumbateman. Photo: Supplied, Barton Highway aerial view

Contractors are invited to register their interest in the design and construction of the first stage of the Barton Highway, with the works to go out to tender in early 2020.

The first stage will duplicate the highway between the ACT border and Murrumbateman.

Deputy prime minister and minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development Michael McCormack, minister for regional transport and roads Paul Toole and state member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman announced the news on Monday.

Sandra Davis of Yass (left): "I'm pleased to hear that, but why not do the whole thing while they're there ... and how long is it going to taken once it's gone out to tender?" Jane Hingston of Yass (right): "I think it's great that they're doing something after all this time. We've been hearing about it for about ten, twenty years. And if they stop in Murrumbateman, what about us Yass people?"

Sandra Davis of Yass (left): "I'm pleased to hear that, but why not do the whole thing while they're there ... and how long is it going to taken once it's gone out to tender?" Jane Hingston of Yass (right): "I think it's great that they're doing something after all this time. We've been hearing about it for about ten, twenty years. And if they stop in Murrumbateman, what about us Yass people?"

The federal and state governments have each committed $50 million over four years to upgrade the Barton Highway. The feds have also put up an extra $100 million, subject to the completion of a strategic business case to outline the priorities for road upgrades.

"The Barton Highway is a critical link connecting communities on the Southern Tablelands in NSW and the ACT. This upgrade will significantly improve safety as well as journey reliability, ease congestion and boost freight productivity," Mr McCormack said.

"The Barton Highway upgrade demonstrates our commitment to building for the future. We're investing now so that the community can have confidence that they will have the infrastructure we need to support a growing economy."

Phillip White of Boorowa: "I'll believe it when it happens. I've been hearing about it for that long, it's just an absolute disaster. I drove out to Canberra just this morning. I used to travel from West Wyalong to Canberra for work. It needs doing."

Phillip White of Boorowa: "I'll believe it when it happens. I've been hearing about it for that long, it's just an absolute disaster. I drove out to Canberra just this morning. I used to travel from West Wyalong to Canberra for work. It needs doing."

Mr Toole called on applicants to look at innovative ways to maximise the length of road that can be duplicated.

"We also want to make sure that there are opportunities for the local workforce from communities along the length of the duplication to participate, to provide employment during tough drought times, so we'll be looking to partners that can provide that," he said.

John Gray of Yass: "I think it's exciting. Anything they do to clear the traffic is great."

John Gray of Yass: "I think it's exciting. Anything they do to clear the traffic is great."

State Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman said the Review of Environmental Factors will be finalised in the coming months and planning is also continuing for the duplication of the remaining sections of the Barton Highway, which includes intersection upgrades at Gooda Creek Road and Vallencia Drive.

"Upcoming work also includes the delivery of $3.25 million investment in intelligent transport systems which will improve trip reliability and help better manage and reduce traffic incidents," she said.

Andrea Jones of Yass (left): "You've got to start somewhere, so long as it comes further out. Bring on duplication!" Monica Oliveira of Yass (right): "I don't drive to Canberra all that often, but when I do I find there are a lot of impatient people ... I've got to say we've been almost run off the road several times. Duplication as soon as possible!"

Andrea Jones of Yass (left): "You've got to start somewhere, so long as it comes further out. Bring on duplication!" Monica Oliveira of Yass (right): "I don't drive to Canberra all that often, but when I do I find there are a lot of impatient people ... I've got to say we've been almost run off the road several times. Duplication as soon as possible!"

"Permanent variable message signs, with fog detection systems, real travel time capabilities and closed circuit television monitoring will be installed at the northern and southern approaches of the Barton Highway."

Mrs Tuckerman also said she would "keep pushing to make sure [the Barton Highway duplication] is completed."