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

Pimlico to Teven Upgrade Contract Announced

Media Release

WT002/2013

26 September 2013

Joint release with:

Stuart Ayres

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads

Kevin Hogan

Member for Page

LEIGHTON Contractors will build the second stage of the Pimlico to Teven Pacific Highway upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, announced the successful contractor for the project today. Mr Truss said this is the latest example of the new Government getting to work immediately.

“Stage two of the project is located just south of the Ballina bypass and will improve safety and travel times for motorists,” said Mr Truss.

“The upgrade includes building two kilometres of new road on the Pacific Highway and about 1.3 kilometres of new road on the Bruxner Highway.

“The second stage also includes building bridges over Duck and Emigrant creeks.

“The Pimlico to Teven upgrade is part of the $564.6 million of planning and preconstruction works being undertaken between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, said stage one involved stabilising the soft soil at the site by using stone columns, mixing cement with the soil and vacuuming the air and water from the soil.

“Stage three will involve building the southbound lanes along the existing highway route,” said Mr Hogan.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads, Stuart Ayres said the milestone was a great reminder of how Coalition governments will work together to deliver the full upgrade of the Pacific Highway.

“Our communities can have confidence the two governments will deliver the full upgrade between Hexham and the Queensland border,” Mr Ayres said.

“This project is being delivered in three stages due to complex traffic arrangements between the Pacific and Bruxner highways.

“At the end of August there were 368 kilometres of four-lane divided road completed, about 76 kilometres of road was being built and the remaining sections were being prepared for major work.

“About 56 per cent of the final highway length is now a four-lane divided road,” Mr Ayres said.