Community feedback has shaped key changes to the design of the new Parkes Bypass, with the project to now include a bridge at Victoria Street over the Newell Highway for light vehicles, school buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the changes were in response to local feedback as part of community consultation.

“The new Parkes bypass will be a game changer for the region, reducing travel times, removing traffic from the centre of town and increasing safety,” Mr McCormack said.

“More than 100 members of the community made submissions about the design and we have listened.

“We want to make sure travellers still visit the town centre and spend money in local shops and cafés. That’s why the bypass will incorporate signage at the Condobolin Road roundabout encouraging motorists to stop in and see all the great things the town has to offer.

“Once complete, the Parkes Bypass will reduce travel time by up to 10 minutes compared to the existing route through town and increase safety by removing more than 1200 trucks a day from local streets.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said interested community members could view the submissions report on the Review of Environmental Factors for the project.

“The Federal and NSW Governments are committed to building the Parkes Bypass to reduce travel times and improve road efficiency, traffic flow and safety for all road users,” Mr Toole said.

“The release of the submissions report is a major milestone for the project and the project team will now move into detailed design for the bypass.

“Once a detailed design is determined, the project team will call for tenders to build the bypass, with
shovels expected to hit the ground by mid-2021.”

The concept design for the bypass was presented to the community in July and August 2019. More than 100 people made formal submissions about the project, the majority concerned with the local traffic impacts between Victoria Street and Back Trundle Road, as well as potential economic impacts to the town.

Local residents and interested parties can view the submission report here. Proposed designs and videos of the concept are available online.

Media release issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Michael McCormack MP.