High­way con­tracts worth $3b

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

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.

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