Fifty-year construction on Hume Highway ends

Construction on the historic Hume Highway is complete, and the final section of road - the Holbrook Bypass - will be open to the public in July.

The Holbrook Bypass cost around $247 million to upgrade. This money went toward a number of projects, including a four-lane divided highway in north, south and west Holbrook, two bridges over Culcairn Road and Ten Mile Creek, grade-separated interchanges and many environmental controls.

One of these controls was the construction of nesting boxes "to minimise the impact on nearby waterways and natural areas".

It has taken over 50 years to finish the duplication of this 808-kilometre highway, with Engineers Australia reporting that over 130,000 Australians have been involved in its creation.

A total of 90,000,000 cubic metres of earth were removed during the project. In addition to this, 205 new bridges were erected, 68 new interchanges created and the entire road rerouted so that it could bypass 49 towns in New South Wales.

The inner-city Hume Highway is one of Australia's largest.

Its duplication has reduced travel times between Melbourne and Sydney by approximately three hours, so those driving your fleet's vehicles will be able to get where they're going a whole lot faster.

The new-and-improved Hume Highway will also make for much safer journeys, which should keep the fleet maintenance costs for vehicles using it down.

According to NSW Roads and Maritime Services, the number of crashes has declined dramatically as construction has progressed, from 2,499 in 1976 to 1,062 this year.

The Hume Highway promises to make driving on roads in local towns a less daunting task, too, as it has removed large trucks from these. It will also cut down noise and other "traffic impacts" on nearby communities.

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