Two contractors have been shortlisted to design and build the Oxley Highway to Kundabung Pacific Highway upgrade, bringing us a step closer to a four lane Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner today announced that Thiess Pty Ltd and a joint venture between Abigroup and Baulderstone had been selected to proceed to the next phase of the tendering process.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony 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 two contractors will now be required to submit detailed tenders, with contracts for both projects to be awarded later this year,” said Mr Albanese.
“Construction of this section will commence mid next year. Stretching 23 kilometres, work will start at the Oxley Highway in Port Macquarie and finish north of Barrys Creek near Kundabung.”
“Once completed, the upgrade will deliver safer, smoother driving conditions for the 13,000 motorists and truck drivers who use this section of the Pacific Highway each and every day.”
NSW Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner, said alongside the tendering process, land acquisitions, geotechnical work, utility relocations and early work at Sancrox Road were ongoing.
“This is part of the Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade that will connect to the soon-to-open Kempsey Bypass,” said Mr Stoner.
“The project was approved in February 2012 and the concept design provides for a four lane divided road, new bridges for the Hastings River and Wilson River crossings and a bypass of Telegraph Point.”
Planning for the Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.
Since 2008, the Federal Government has committed over $7.9 billion and the NSW Government a further $2.5 billion to this massive nation building project. As at end of December 2012, almost 52 per cent of the Highway had been upgraded to ‘motorway standard’ and duplicated.