$90m Alstonville bypass for Bruxner Hwy

Government calls for tenders for Alstonville on the Bruxner Highway to remove congestion bottleneck

Bottleneck congestion near Alstonville on the Bruxner Highway will finally be alleviated with the tender for a bypass to open on October 6.

The construction of the 6.2km, $90 million bypass could be started at least 12 months early with the tender closing on November 19.

Construction is expected to start early next year with the entire project to be completed by the end of 2010.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the Rudd Labor Government used its first budget to bring forward $13.6 million in funding to get the project off the ground ahead of schedule.

"The Alstonville bypass will clear a major bottleneck on the highway between Ballina and Lismore, and take up to 700 trucks off local town roads," Albanese says.

New South Wales Roads Minister Michael Daley says the project will include a 1.2km long eastbound overtaking lane, a direct entry-exit point to Kays Lane and entry and exit to Rifle Range Road via a service road.

"The Alstonville bypass will provide significant benefits, including quicker travel times and better traffic," he says.

"And of course [the elimination of the] congested single lane route through Alstonville's main street will be welcomed by the thousands of motorists who use the Bruxner Highway between Lismore and Ballina every day."

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