Sep 17, 2009

New section of the Pacific Highway opens between Karuah and Bulahdelah

New section of the Pacific Highway opens between Karuah and Bulahdelah

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 17 2009

The Federal and NSW Government’s have jointly announced that a new 7.5 kilometre section of the upgraded Pacific Highway is about to open between Bulahdelah and Nerong.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said from 8am tomorrow traffic would switch to a new four lane divided road stretching from Grey Gum Gully to three kilometres south of Bulahdelah. He said the upgrade would connect the Pacific Highway to Myall River Road.

“The switch is the latest section of the Pacific Highway between Karuah and Bulahdelah to open to traffic,” Mr Albanese said.

“The $262 million upgrade is jointly funded by the NSW and Federal governments and is being progressively opened with completion expected in mid October, weather permitting.”

NSW Transport Minister David Campbell said the 7.5 kilometre stretch of highway involved the construction of four fauna crossings.

“Extensive environmental assessments were carried out on the impact of the upgrade on local wildlife and as a result four wildlife crossings were built on this section of the highway including three bridges, one drain and a glider crossing,” Mr Campbell said.

“The full 23 kilometre project starts two kilometres north of Myall Way and ends about one kilometre south of Booral Road, south of Bulahdelah.

“The completed upgrade involves construction of seven new twin bridges and rest areas on the northbound carriageway at Nerong Waterholes and the southbound carriageway at Browns Flat.”

Mr Albanese said the new highway would connect to existing local roads such as Viney Creek Road West, Viney Creek Road East, Whimbrel Drive and Myall River Road.

Motorists are being thanked for their patience throughout this important work.