The long-awaited Moss Vale Bypass took another step towards reality with Council accepting a tender for detailed designs to be prepared for Stage 1 of the proposed project.

Council’s Interim Administrator Viv May PSM announced that MU Group Pty Ltd had secured the tender to undertake the detailed designs at Council’s Ordinary Meeting of Wednesday 13 October 2021.

“This is great news for Moss Vale and the greater Shire,” he said.  “Moss Vale has witnessed a significant increase in traffic in recent years and the situation is set to only intensify as new housing developments come online.”

Costing to undertake the detailed designs of Stage 1 of the Moss Vale Bypass Project was secured at a cost of $1.56 million.

The tender announcement follows preliminary investigations including project scoping undertaken in 2020.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman welcomed the announcement as both the initial investigations and detailed design of the bypass were made possible due to a $20 million election commitment. In 2019 from the NSW Government which Mrs Tuckerman made in conjunction with Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Andrew Constance.

“I am proud that progress is being made on the project, I know that a bypass means a lot for the community and will be an important step towards making the Highlands a better place to visit, live and work in.

Council’s General Manager, Lisa Miscamble thanked the Member for Goulburn for her advocacy on the project in addition to recently securing an audience with the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, the Hon. Paul Toole.

 “I would also commend the staff of Council who prepared the successful application and secured these all-important funds,” Ms Miscamble added.

As per the funding agreement from Transport for New South Wales, Council will undertake preliminary planning and designs, a road safety audit, public consultation and engagement on the viability of a Bypass Project for Moss Vale.  Council will also establish a project working group with representatives from relevant stakeholder and Government agencies.

Detailed design works on Stage 1 of the Moss Vale Bypass Project are expected to be completed by 30 June 2023. 

Following the initial two-year funding agreement Council will prepare a detailed project scope proposal including a funding profile to progress to Stage 1 of construction of the Moss Vale Bypass Project.

“A Bypass for Moss Vale has the potential to deliver enormous transport benefits to the Southern Highlands and provide a significant stimulus to the local economy,” Ms Miscamble said.