Oct 14, 2009

Call for tenders brings Bulahdelah Bypass a step closer

Call for tenders brings Bulahdelah Bypass a step closer

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 14 2009

Construction companies interested in building the Bulahdelah Bypass on the Pacific Highway have until 25 November to submit their best bid under the tender process being conducted by the NSW Road and Traffic Authority (RTA).

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Transport Minister David Campbell said construction was expected to start early next year.

“This project is what our Nation Building for Recovery strategy is all about. Directly and indirectly it will put 1,520 Australians to work building the infrastructure vital to our nation’s long term economic prosperity,” said Mr Albanese.

“When finished, motorists will for the first time be able to drive on a four lane road all the way from the F3 Freeway to Port Macquarie, particularly now the duplication of the Pacific Highway between Karuah and Bulahdelah is completed.”

In partnership with the NSW Government, we’ve committed $3.6 billion over six years to accelerate the duplication of the Pacific Highway.

Mr Campbell said the new 8.6 kilometre four-lane bypass will replace the existing single carriageway running through the township of Bulahdelah.

“Once completed at the end of 2011, the new bypass will deliver safer driving conditions, shorter travel times and take up to 4,000 trucks a day off the local streets of Bulahdelah,” said Mr Campbell.

“The successful contractor will be responsible for building the bypass, including 12 bridges, drainage ways, noise and retaining walls, signposting and landscaping.

“Already work on relocating power lines and other utilities is underway.”

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