Highway contracts worth $3b
ANOTHER milestone was reached yesterday with contracts awarded for the Pacific Highway topping $3 billion.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the milestone showed the sheer scale of one of Australia’s most significant infrastructure projects, with completed works along the full Pacific Highway length already delivering safer roads and reducing fatalities.
“The first two sections of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade, 22 kilometres of new divided highway between Woolgoolga and Glenugie, were recently opened, delivering a safer and more reliable road network along the New South Wales north coast,” Mr Chester said.
“Each new section that opens contributes to saving motorists time, with travellers now saving more than an hour and three quarters, compared to pre-upgrade travel times, from Hexham to the Queensland border.”
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the progress was continuing, with the contract for the main civil work between Iluka Rd and Devils Pulpit awarded to BMD Constructions.
“This will involve upgrading a 14.9-kilometre section of highway, creating about 120 jobs, with about 2500 direct and 7500 indirect jobs expected to be supported in the broader workforce at the peak of work of the project,” Mrs Pavey said.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said this latest announcement marked the final main civil contract to be awarded on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section.
“The Pacific Highway works have created or supported thousands of jobs throughout the region – from construction workers through to local businesses,” Mr Hogan said.