80,000 cubic metres of concrete to build new highway between Halfway Creek to Glenugie

Media Release

WT274/2015

25 August 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Hartsuyker

Assistant Minister for Employment
Federal Member for Cowper

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Chris Gulaptis

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast NSW
Member for Clarence

Two concrete mixing plants are being built near Parker Road to supply more than 80,000 cubic metres of concrete for the Halfway Creek to Glenugie section of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade is another step towards completing the duplication between Hexham and the Queensland border.

“The Halfway Creek to Glenugie section of highway is part of the larger 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina project, which is expected to provide about 2,500 direct jobs and 7,500 indirect jobs at the project's peak,” Mr Truss said.

“The Halfway Creek to Glenugie upgrade 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. The Australian Government is providing $5.64 billion as part of its commitment with the New South Wales Government to complete the Pacific Highway upgrade by the end of the decade.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said major work started on this section in June, bringing a four lane divided Pacific Highway one step closer to being complete.

“More than 80 per cent of the Pacific Highway duplication is now either completed, under contract, or currently under construction, with works on track for completion by the end of the decade,” Mr Gay said.

“The 12 kilometre Halfway Creek to Glenugie project will join with the Glenugie upgrade completed in February 2012. It is expected that work on this section will be finished in 2017.”

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said more than 80,000 cubic metres of concrete will be needed for the 12 kilometre section of highway being built by Civil Mining and Construction.

“Major work on the Halfway Creek to Glenugie section is already underway and is expected to accelerate in the next few months. From August until October earthwork will be carried out and drainage infrastructure installed,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Work is planned to start on the bridges at Halfway Creek and Wells Crossing and intersection upgrades at Bald Knob and Parker roads. Concrete barriers will be installed along some sections to separate heavy machinery from Pacific Highway traffic and an 80km/h speed limit will be in place for the safety of motorists at all times due to changed traffic conditions.”

New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis said the two concrete mixing plants would supply the project with concrete for road surfaces, bridge and drainage structures.

“The main facility is being built along the new highway alignment for efficiency and to help remove heavy vehicles accessing the project from the existing Pacific Highway,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“This plant will be built about 600 metres north of Parker Road on the eastern side of the Pacific Highway. The smaller plant will be built at the corner of Parker Road and the existing Pacific Highway at Wells Crossing.”

For more information on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/W2B