Mar 14, 2012

Pacific Highway duplication: builders shortlisted

NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has completed its initial assessment of the bids submitted by the construction companies interested in rebuilding the Pacific Highway from Frederickton to Eungai and shortlisted the best three.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner also released today the shortlist of consortiums bidding for the contract to do the detailed planning and design work on the section between Woolgoolga to Glenugie.

Frederickton to Eungai Section – a design and build contract:

  • Abigroup Contractors;
  • Leighton Contractors;
  • Thiess/McMahon Joint Venture.

Construction is expected to commence in 2013 and be completed in 2015.

Woolgoolga to Glenugie Section – a planning and design contract:

  • ARUP/Parsons Brinckerhoff Joint Venture;
  • SMEC/Hyder Consulting Joint Venture;
  • AECOM/Sinclair Knight Merz Joint Venture.

Construction is expected to commence in 2015 and be completed by late 2016.

“All those shortlisted will now be required to submit detailed tenders, with contracts for both projects to be awarded later this year,” said Mr Albanese.

“The bring forward of work on these two sections has only been made possible thanks to the new money provided in last year’s Federal and State budgets.  In fact the extra Federal funding took our commitment to an unprecedented $4.1 billion, well above and beyond what we pledged prior to being elected.

“This nation building project has already taken too long and needs to be completed sooner rather than later.”

NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said today’s announcements are proof that both levels of government were serious about getting on with the job of finishing the upgrade of the Pacific Highway as soon as possible.

“The upgrade of the Frederickton to Eungai section will involve duplicating 26.5 kilometres of road as well as building a new interchange at Stuarts Point Road and installing safe, modern rest areas on both sides of the Highway at Cooks Lane
south of Barraganyatti,” said Mr Stoner.

“The subsequent Woolgoolga to Glenugie upgrade will see a further 31 kilometres of highway duplicated as well as construction of an interchange at Range Road, two new overpasses and bridges over Corindi Creek and the nearby floodplains.”

The Pacific Highway Duplication is the most complex and expensive road construction project ever undertaken in Australia, with funding coming from both the Federal ($4.1 billion) and NSW ($1 billion) governments.  For more information
go to: www.rta.nsw.gov.au/pacific.