Pacific Highway: Oxley Highway to Kundabung a Step Closer
08 January 2014
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Lyne
Acting NSW Premier
State Member for Oxley
NSW Minister for Roads and Ports
Lend Lease has won the contract as the preferred tenderer to design and build the Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade of the Pacific Highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and NSW Acting Premier Andrew Stoner announced that the significant step forward would be followed with contracts between Lend Lease and Roads and Maritime Services early in 2014.
“The upgrade will provide significant benefits to road users with improvements in road safety and reduced travel times,” Mr Truss said.
“This is the latest instalment in the Coalition Government's $5.64 billion commitment to the Pacific Highway and getting the duplication all the way to the Queensland border completed within this decade.”
Acting NSW Premier and State Member for Oxley Andrew Stoner said the upgrade will provide a divided road with two lanes in each direction.
“The project includes new bridges over the Hastings and Wilson rivers and a major interchange at Blackmans Point Road,” Mr Stoner said.
“The upgrade will also have a one-in-100-year flood immunity, ensuring local farmers and the community can get to and from homes and workplaces all year round.”
Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie said the 23-kilometre Oxley Highway to Kundabung project is the southern stage of the larger 37-kilometre Oxley Highway to Kempsey project.
“The northern stage of the upgrade, from Kundabung to Kempsey, will be built under a separate contract that is expected to be awarded soon,” Dr Gillespie said.
NSW Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay said identifying the preferred tenderer for this project is an important milestone.
“With funding issues caused by the former Labor federal government now a thing of the past, we are now totally focussed on pushing on with the upgrade,” Mr Gay said.
“The current NSW and Australian governments are working together to see this road upgraded by the 2020 goal.”
The Oxley Highway to Kundabung project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments and is expected to be complete by late 2016.