May 13, 2011

Kempsey Bypass to be completed 12 months early

Kempsey Bypass to be completed 12 months early

Media Release

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

13 May 2011

The new 14.5-kilometre Kempsey Bypass on the Pacific Highway will now be completed in mid 2013 – 12 months ahead of schedule and just two years after the start of construction.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today joined the NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner to update the local community on the progress that’s been made on delivering this long awaited upgrade.

“No doubt the news this project will be completed early will be welcomed by all users of the highway as well as Kempsey residents who will soon see up to 2,000 fewer trucks on their local streets,” said Mr Albanese.

“Identified by Infrastructure Australia and funded with money from the Building Australia Fund, the rapid progress to date on this project is a tribute to the some 450 workers who have been working tirelessly to make this bypass a reality.

“This announcement is particularly timely coming as it does in the week where the Gillard Labor Government indicated our willingness to provide an extra $1.02 billion to further accelerate the duplication of the Pacific Highway.

“This would bring our total investment in this important road to an unprecedented $4.1 billion over seven years and allow construction to be brought forward including on the Frederickton to Eungai section.”

Construction of the $618 million bypass is a fully Federally-funded project.

“As the Member for Oxley, news the Kempsey Bypass will be completed a year earlier is indeed welcome,” said Mr Stoner.

“I am ready to work with the Federal Government to complete the Pacific Highway upgrade, and look forward to a productive meeting with Mr Albanese and Infrastructure Australia next week.

“Today’s news shows it is possible to fast track work on the Pacific Highway, and our Government is investigating options to do that, particularly on deadly stretches of the Highway.”

For more information about the Kempsey Bypass project, call 1800 306 004 (toll free) or visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au/pacific.