Major work contracts awarded for Woolgoolga to Glenugie

Media Release

WT268/2014

22 December 2014

Joint release with:

Luke Hartsuyker

Federal Member for Cowper

Duncan Gay

Minister for Roads and Freight

Chris Gulaptis

Member for Clarence

Successful tenderers have been announced for the first two major building contracts on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on the Pacific Highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the awarding of the contracts means work can start in the first half of 2015.

“The 26 kilometre section of the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga (Arrawarra) and Glenugie will be upgraded as part of the 155 kilometre stretch between Woolgoolga and Ballina,” Mr Truss said.

“With around 60 per cent of the highway now upgraded to four lane divided road, and work underway on all remaining sections between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, the focus is now shifting to delivering this last section.

“Together, the Australian and New South Wales Governments are fulfilling our commitment to finish the duplication of the Pacific Highway all the way to the Queensland border by the end of the decade.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek upgrade would include a 300 metre long twin bridge above the Corindi floodplain, and bridges over the highway at Sherwood Creek Road and Kangaroo Trail Road, for local road access.

“The Halfway Creek to Glenugie section will include twin bridges above Halfway Creek and Wells Crossing Creek, as well as a wide median to help animals crossing at Newfoundland State Forest,” Mr Gay said.

The Halfway Creek to Glenugie upgrade will join with the existing Glenugie upgrade completed in February 2012.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said there had been a high level of interest in delivering the first stage of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade, with six organisations tendering for the contract.

“OHL and York Joint Venture will partner to deliver the 14 kilometre section of upgrade between Woolgoolga and Halfway Creek,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Civil Mining and Construction will deliver the 12 kilometre section between Halfway Creek and Glenugie.”

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the awarding of contracts was a major step towards completing the duplication between Hexham and the Queensland border.

“Awarding these contracts means more than 80 per cent of the total programme is either completed, under contract or currently under construction,” Mr Gulaptis said.