Feb 17, 2010

Work progressing on two vital Pacific Highway projects

Work progressing on two vital Pacific Highway projects

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 17 2010

The duplication of the Pacific Highway is gathering pace, with work on the Glenugie upgrade now underway and a preferred builder for the Sapphire to Woolgoolga section having been selected.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said excellent progress is being made on these two long overdue projects.

“The upgrades of the Pacific at Glenugie and from Sapphire to Woolgoolga are exactly what our Nation Building Program is all about. They will put hundreds of Australians to work modernising the road infrastructure vital to our nation’s long term economic prosperity,” said Mr Albanese.

“In a little over two years the Rudd Labor Government has moved quickly to significantly boost Federal investment in this vital part of the national road network, reversing more than a decade of underinvestment.

“In fact compared to the record of our predecessors, we are investing more than twice as much in half the time.”

The duplication of the Pacific Highway is a jointly funded project, with the Federal Government contributing $3.1 billion and NSW Government a further $500 million.

Mr Albanese today confirmed that major construction activities on the $60 million Glenugie upgrade has started this week.

“This project will duplicate and straighten the Highway between Franklins Road and Eight Mile Lane, with work expected to be completed in late 2011,” said Mr Albanese.

As work races ahead on the Glenugie upgrade, Mr Borger has announced that Leighton Contractors and Fulton Hogan will partner with the RTA to duplicate the Highway further south between Sapphire and Woolgoolga, with this work to start in the second half of this year.

“The Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade will significantly improve safety and cut travel times along this section of Highway as well as provide better access to the northern beaches and Woolgoolga,” said Mr Borger.

The $698 million project will involve the design and construction of:

  • Twenty-five (25) kilometres of dual lane divided carriageways;
  • Thirty (30) bridges or bridge sized structures, including new and replacement bridges over existing creeks and for the underpasses/overpasses associated with the new interchanges;
  • A local road network to allow local traffic, including school buses, to travel through the area without using the upgraded highway;
  • Five (5) new interchanges at:
    • Gaudrons Road/Spilt Solitary Road, Sapphire;
    • Moonee Beach Road/Hoys Road, Moonee Beach;
    • Fiddaman Road/Graham Drive South, Emerald;
    • Graham Drive North/Hearnes Lake Road, south Woolgoolga; and
    • Arrawarra Beach Road, Arrawarra.

Preconstruction activities, including the relocation of utilities and property acquisitions, are already well advanced.