Aug 14, 2009

$310 million Banora Point upgrade moves ahead

$310 million Banora Point upgrade moves ahead

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 14 2009

Today, Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Roads Minister Michael Daley announced the selection of the alliance team to build the $310 million Pacific Highway upgrade at Banora Point.

The Roads and Traffic Authority’s preferred partners for this major upgrade are Abigroup Contractors, Seymour Whyte Constructions and engineering firm Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation.

Mr Albanese said that work will now begin on the detailed design of the Banora Point upgrade, as well as environmental management plans and community consultation.

“The construction is expected to get underway later this year and create up to 290 direct jobs in the local economy.

“The Rudd Labor Government is support local jobs during the global recession, making the Pacific Highway safer, and investing in first-class transport infrastructure to deliver products and produce from across the state to export markets worldwide.

“Once completed, this section of road will be a six-lane dual carriageway from Barneys Point Bridge to the Tweed Heads Bypass, while the existing Pacific Highway will be maintained as a local access road.

“The project is part of the Rudd and Rees governments’ $3.6 billion upgrade of the Pacific Highway – the largest single investment in a road anywhere in Australia.”

Mr Daley said it was a great example of Federal and State Governments working together to deliver the best possible infrastructure for the people of the North Coast.

“This 2.5 kilometre dual carriageway upgrade will improve road safety and result in shorter travel times for motorists.

“A new land bridge will provide a parkland connection between east and west Banora Point over the road at Wilson Park, and a new northern interchange will connect the upgraded Pacific Highway, the local access road, Darlington Drive and Minjungbal Drive.

“Laura Street will also be realigned to meet with Short Street and the existing coastal cycle and pedestrian route will be realigned and upgraded.

Work on the Banora Point upgrade is scheduled to start by the end of the year and is scheduled for completed in 2012.