Holbrook Bypass built; will open next month

Final stage of Hume Highway duplication has been built and will open to traffic in July

June 24, 2013

The final stage of the Hume Highway duplication project has been finished and will open to traffic next month.

The bypass at Holbrook represents the last part of the upgrade and the final town to be bypassed.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the Hume upgrade has reduced travel times between Sydney and Melbourne and improved safety.

"What’s more, the highway is now fit for purpose as one of Australia’s busiest transport routes. It is now able to carry more goods with fewer delays, speeding up the movement of freight along the eastern seaboard and boosting national productivity."

"As well as duplicating the entire road, the project also involved removing some 90 million cubic metres of earth, erecting 205 new bridges, building 68 new interchanges and planting millions of trees. And along with Holbrook, the Highway has been re-routed around 49 towns."

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