Tenders for a major construction partner have been called to build the $187.2 million Parkes Bypass funded by the Australian and NSW Governments.
The call for tenders will be open for eight weeks to allow the best proposals to come forward. The new 10.5km road, between Maguire Road to the north and Barkers Road to the south, will remove more than 1,200 heavy vehicles and other through traffic from the centre of Parkes each day.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said in addition to the main contract, an information session would be held for local contractors and suppliers, to allow them to meet the prospective tenderers and start building opportunities for local employment. “We want to ensure the community is benefitting from the project before a single vehicle uses the bypass by linking local businesses employing qualified tradespeople with this game-changing road project,” the Minister said.
“The Parkes Bypass is not only going to deliver safer and better journeys for motorists on the Newell Highway, it’s also going to inject millions in economic activity into Parkes, helping to build a safer and stronger region.”
A mandatory pre-tender meeting for all interested tenderers, including a site inspection, will be held on Tuesday, 20th April at the Parkes Golf Club from 9am. The community will continue to be kept informed as the project progresses. The successful head contractor for the main construction contract is expected to be announced following this process with work set to start before the end of the year.
The project is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $149.7 million and the NSW Government $37.4 million.