Apr 29, 2010

Builders appointed to the Bulahdelah upgrade project

Builders appointed to the Bulahdelah upgrade project

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 29 2010

The construction company that will build the new Bulahdelah upgrade on the Pacific Highway has been selected, clearing the way for major work to begin in June 2010.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport and Roads David Borger today announced the selection of Baulderstone Pty Ltd, a company with expertise in delivering large scale road projects.

“Once completed in 2012, this new section of the Pacific Highway will deliver safer driving conditions, cut travel times and take over 3,000 trucks a day off the local streets of Bulahdelah,” said Mr Albanese.

“This project is exactly what our Nation Building Program is all about. It will put around 300 Australians to work modernising the road infrastructure vital to our nation’s long term economic prosperity.

“In a little over two years we have moved quickly to significantly boost Federal investment in this vital part of the national road network. In fact compared to our predecessors, we’re investing more than twice as much in half the time.”

Duplication of the Pacific Highway between Sydney and the Queensland border is a jointly funded project, with the Federal Government contributing $3.1 billion and NSW Government a further $500 million.

Mr Borger said once the Bulahdelah upgrade is completed there will 220 kilometres of continuous four-lane divided highway all the way from the F3 Freeway to the Port Macquarie turn off.

“This $315 million project will replace the existing single carriageway running through Bulahdelah with 8.6 kilometres of new highway to the town’s east, including 12 bridges and a new interchange,” said Mr Borger.

“The RTA has consulted extensively with the local community about this upgrade and will continue to do so as construction activities ramp up over coming months.

“Preconstruction work is already well underway including drainage work south of the Myall River, extensive land clearing, and extensive ecological and heritage research.”

More information can be found at the RTA website at: www.rta.nsw.gov.au/pacific.