Woomargama Bypass opens; Tarcutta on the way

Truck drivers travelling on Hume Highway will no longer need to pass through regional NSW towns of Woomargama and Tarcutta

November 7, 2011

Truck drivers travelling on the Hume Highway will no longer need to pass through the regional NSW towns of Woomargama and Tarcutta.

The Woomargama Bypass has officially opened on the main freight route between Sydney and Melbourne, while it has been confirmed the Tarcutta Bypass will open to traffic on November 15.

The federally-funded projects are part of a suite of upgrades to turn the Hume Highway into a dual carriageway. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says the final upgrade – the Holbrook Bypass – is expected to be finished by mid-2013.

"Once completed, this modern, well-engineered piece of road infrastructure – stretching over a distance of more than 800km – will be able to properly support our nation’s ongoing economic development, not just for the next three years but for the next three decades," Albanese says.

"Indeed, with the number of trucks transiting along this major freight corridor expected to nearly double within just the next 20 years, completion of this major nation building road project can’t come soon enough."

The Federal Government is pumping $220 million into the Holbrook project, with $27 million coming from NSW.

NSW MP for Albury Greg Aplin says an upgrade Hume Highway will deliver safer, smooth and faster journeys between Sydney and Melbourne and benefit local communities.

"For instance, the two new bypasses will take up to 2,700 trucks a day off the local streets of Woomargama and Tarcutta, greatly improving the quality of life for their residents," he says.

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