Oct 7, 2011

Pacific Highway upgrade

A key section of the Pacific Highway between Frederickton and Eungai will now be upgraded to dual carriageway providing 26 kilometres of four lanes.

When we increased the Federal funding for this road by $1 billion to $4.1 billion in our May budget, I made it clear that the long overdue Clybucca section was going to be the immediate priority.

Today we are delivering on that promise.

The Pacific Highway has been identified by Infrastructure Australia as a national priority and its upgrade will help improve safety and drive productivity.

The Gillard Labor Government’s investment in the Pacific Highway is the largest ever investment in a single road.

This important work means we are one step closer to finishing the dual carriageway upgrade of the entire highway.

In addition, tenders will also be invited for:

  • the preparation of detailed designs for the 14 kilometre section between Kundabung and Kempsey, which forms part of the 37 kilometre long Oxley Highway to Kempsey project;
  • the preparation of detailed designs for the 31 kilometre section between Woolgoolga (at Arrawarra) and Glenugie; and
  • geotechnical site investigations for 155 kilometre of highway to be upgraded between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

We also welcome the additional $468 million contributed by the NSW Government in its last budget which will go towards this project.