Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New Upper Warrell Creek Bridge a Step Closer

Media Release

DC128/2017

24 May 2017

Joint release with:

Luke Hartsuyker

Federal Member for Cowper

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, NSW Member for Oxley

  • Final girders delivered for Warrell Creek Bridge, as part of the $830 million Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the life-saving Pacific Highway upgrade

The final 20 girders needed to build the Warrell Creek bridge are now being put in place, bringing completion of the $380 million upgrade of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway one step closer.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said construction of the bridge was progressing quickly.

“The Pacific Highway Upgrade is a critical component of the Australian Government's record $75 billion infrastructure investment program, which is helping to change lives and save lives,” Mr Chester said.

“Installing these final 20 girders is a great indication of how close we are to seeing the upgrade, which will vastly improve safety for the region and remove trucks and holiday traffic from local streets, completed.”

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said each girder was made at a purpose-built pre-cast site north of Macksville, with each weighing about 150 tonnes and being almost 42 metres long.

“The upgrade continues to boost the north coast economy as up to 4,000 workers are expected to be directly employed on the Pacific Highway when construction peaks later this year and into 2018,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said since March last year, 146 bridge girders had been delivered as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade, 80 of which were transported through Macksville at night.

“The final girders are scheduled to be delivered up until Wednesday 7 June. Motorists are advised delays of up to 30 minutes may be experienced on the Pacific Highway while the deliveries take place,” Mrs Pavey said.

The Australian and NSW governments are each contributing $415 million towards the $830 million Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.