Major Milestone for the Riverside Drive upgrade

Media Release

WT012/20154

20 January 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Luke Hartsuyker

Federal Member for Cowper

Andrew Stoner

Member for Oxley

Specialised Geo Pty Ltd has been awarded the first contract to upgrade Riverside Drive in Nambucca Heads.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced that Specialised Geo will begin construction to stabilise and rebuild the first of two sections of Riverside Drive in February 2015.

“This $5 million upgrade was a Federal Coalition election commitment and is fully funded by the Australian Government. It is vital that we keep traffic flowing smoothly on this key road link between Nambucca Heads and the Pacific Highway on the New South Wales mid-North Coast,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said Riverside Drive has been one of the most dangerous locations on the mid-North Coast, with motorists' lives at risk and houses under threat.

“More than 8,000 vehicles use the road each day under the threat of sections regularly slipping during heavy rainfall. The upgrade of this road is due in no small part to the tireless efforts of Nambucca Shire Council Mayor Rhonda Hoban, working in concert with the Australian Government, to provide a much safer road for local residents,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the first section of works will be between Woodbell Street and Bellwood Drive, near the Pacific Highway, while tenders for the smaller section 2, near Piggott Street, will be advertised next month.

“The project will include the reconstruction of 5,500 square metres of road pavement with 500 metres of new retaining structures and guardrails provided,” Mr Gay said.

Member for Oxley Andrew Stoner said works to stabilise the road embankment and rebuild the worst section of road are crucial to ensure the future safety of residents and motorists.

“Construction of both sections is expected to be complete in late 2015,” Mr Stoner said.

The Australian Government has committed $13.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19 for transport infrastructure projects across New South Wales as part of the Infrastructure Investment Programme.