Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads Upgrade Contract Awarded

Media Release


28 July 2014

Joint release with:

Luke Hartsuyker

Assistant Minister for Employment
Federal Member for Cowper

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Andrew Stoner

NSW Deputy Premier
Member for Oxley

The Australian and NSW Government's today announced an important milestone on the Pacific Highway duplication with the Acciona Ferrovial joint venture awarded the contract to design and build the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade.

The Pacific Highway upgrade is jointly funded 80:20 by the Australian and NSW Governments.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said this is the latest instalment in the Coalition Government's $5.64 billion commitment to duplicate the Pacific Highway from Sydney to the Queensland border.

“The Acciona Ferrovial joint venture was announced as the preferred tenderer in April and with the contract now signed, detailed design work and site preparation is already underway,” Mr Truss said.

“The 20 kilometre Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads project will involve upgrading the highway to a four-lane divided road between the Allgomera deviation, south of Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads, just south of the railway line.

“We have removed the petty and destructive politics of the previous Labor government. We are getting on with the job, fulfilling our commitment to completing the Pacific Highway duplication all the way to the Queensland border within this decade.

“The Pacific Highway is a top priority for the new Coalition Government. That's why we have pumped an extra $2.1 billion into the Pacific Highway to give commuters the safer, more reliable and easier journey they deserve and ensure this vital freight route is up to the task ahead.”

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said Roads and Maritime Services has made significant progress on the Pacific Highway upgrade between Hexham and the Queensland border.

“This is the last of five major building contracts between Port Macquarie and Raleigh, south of Coffs Harbour, to be under major work by the end of the year,” Mr Gay said.

NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Oxley Andrew Stoner said the Liberals and Nationals were getting on with the job of finishing the Pacific Highway.

“58 per cent, or 381 kilometres of the Pacific Highway is now four-lane divided road, with another 21 per cent is being built or due to start shortly,” Mr Stoner said.

“That means 58 per cent, or 381 kilometres of the highway is four-lane divided road with another 21 per cent is being built or due to start shortly.”

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said: “Major work is scheduled to start in the second half of this year.

“This latest project will include interchanges north and south of Macksville and at Warrell Creek and new bridges over Warrell Creek and the Nambucca River and will improve road safety, allowing traffic to operate during floods and improving amenity of local towns,” Mr Hartsuyker said.