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Parkes roundabout to be one of NSW’s biggest

A new roundabout in Parkes, NSW will not only be the regions biggest, but will play a crucial role in taking freight out of the town’s CBD

A new roundabout being built as part of the Newell Highway Bypass of Parkes will be the largest in central-west New South Wales and will help reduce traffic congestion caused by the consistent flow of heavy freight and visitor traffic passing through the town.

It will be the first part of the bypass project which, in total, is set to cost $287.2 million.

Construction will start on the 98-metre-diameter roundabout during the July school holidays and, when complete, will allow motorists to travel around it at 80 km/h.

NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Jenny Aitchson says it is crucial to redirect a high number of freight and other vehicles away from the Parkes CBD.

“The Parkes Bypass will take more than 1200 heavy vehicles and other traffic away from the town centre every day, improving travel times for thousands of motorists and making the CBD of Parkes more accessible,” Aitchson says.

“I’m thrilled to see work get underway on the giant Condo Road roundabout. It represents significant progress on a project that has been decades in the making.”

MLC for Orange Stephen Lawrence says the benefits of the road upgrade will stem far beyond the town of Parkes.

“The Parkes Bypass is a project that will provide improved road safety, reduce travel times and increase efficiencies for the freight industry,” Lawrence says.

“Not only will Parkes benefit from its progression, but the entire central west will too, and the thousands of motorists across Australia that use the Newell Highway every day.”

Parkes is located roughly 350km west of Sydney.

Detours will be in place during the roundabout’s construction. Image: Supplied – Transport for NSW.

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