Jul 11, 2013

More progress on the Pacific Highway duplication

Two contractors have been shortlisted to design and build the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section, bringing us closer to a four lane Pacific Highway between Warrell Creek and Urunga.

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and Acting NSW Premier Andrew Stoner today announced that Abigroup and the Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture have been selected to proceed to the next phase of the tendering process.

Mr Albanese said the project is part of the ongoing upgrade and full duplication of the Highway, the most expensive and complex road project ever undertaken in Australia.

“The preferred tenderer for the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section will be announced later this year, and building is anticipated to start mid next year,” he said.

“In the meantime, land acquisition and investigations are continuing in the lead up to major work. This preparatory work will ensure construction of a four lane divided road connecting Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads can proceed as quickly as possible.

“When complete, motorists will experience safer driving conditions, uninterrupted highway traffic flow and easy access on and off the highway.”

The 20 kilometre Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section will include interchanges at South Macksville and Warrell Creek and new bridges over Warrell Creek and the Nambucca River.

Further south, work to upgrade the Pacific Highway is progressing well with building tenders invited for the Kundabung to Kempsey section.

Mr Stoner said the14 kilometre upgrade between Kundabung and Kempsey is part of the Oxley Highway to Kempsey Pacific Highway project, which will provide 37.8 kilometres of four lane divided road between the Oxley Highway at Port Macquarie and connect with the recently completed Kempsey bypass.

“This upgrade will deliver safety benefits and smoother driving conditions for the 13,000 motorists and truck drivers who use this section of the Pacific Highway each and every day,” Mr Stoner said.

“A contract for the work is expected to be awarded later this year and building work is expected to start early next year.”

The Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade will include interchanges at Blackmans Point, Haydons Wharf and Yarrabee roads, Kundabung and Sancrox.

It will also involve construction of a bypass of Telegraph Point, an overpass at Bill Hill road, new bridges for the Hastings and Wilson rivers, the North Coast Railway and creek crossings, as well as rest areas in both directions.

A pre tender meeting and site inspection will be held this month, with details available on the eTender site:

https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/rms/?event=public.rft.show&RFTUUID=4EE80923-F3F2-06F9-51CD0740B3EE1BD0

Both projects form part of the ongoing upgrade and full duplication of the Pacific Highway, a massive nation building project being jointly funded by the Federal ($7.9 billion) and NSW ($2.5 billion) governments.