Daracon to commence work on the Scone bypass in July

CONSTRUCTION of the Scone bypass is locked in for July 9 with the contractor of the project to start delivering girders - support beams used in construction – later this month.

Daracon Group was awarded the construction contract for the two-year project in April and Upper Hunter Shire Council general manager Steve McDonald says council will be working with the RMS to ensure there is minimal disruption to the community during the process.

“We had a briefing last week from the RMS who told us about 180 girders will be starting to be delivered to about four locations here mid-June,” Mr McDonald said at the annual Scone Chamber of Commerce budget breakfast on Thursday morning.

“They will be arriving near the Bill Rose Sports Complex, two a day, at around 5am in the morning.

“We’ve talked about disruption to the community and we want them to give us a two-week plan in advance of what’s happening so if there is any impacts on facilities we will do works so we can coordinate that better.

“We will continue consultation with sporting groups and Daracon during the process.”

$1.3 million is being spent on upgrades to the Bill Rose Sporting complex in council’s 2018-19 budget due to the impact the bypass will have on the facility. 

The funding will go towards upgrades to the playground, netball courts, lighting, cricket nets and playing fields.

The Scone Golf Course, which is currently undergoing redevelopment due to the impact of the bypass is due for completion in November.

Mr McDonald said providing weather is reasonable there is no reason why the bypass won’t be finished within its two-year time frame.

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