Work starts on Pipers Creek Bridge

Media Release

WT179/2015

19 June 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

David Gillespie

Member for Lyne

Melinda Pavey

Member for Oxley

Construction is now underway on Pipers Creek Bridge—the first bridge work on the $230 million Kundabung to Kempsey section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the start of construction on the twin bridges at Pipers Creek is an important step towards the duplication of the Pacific Highway.

“The Coalition has prioritised the upgrade of the Pacific Highway, which is why we have committed $5.64 billion towards completing its duplication by the end of the decade,” Mr Truss said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said the Australian and New South Wales governments are working in partnership to deliver this vital upgrade.

“The fast tracking of the Pacific Highway duplication is one of the biggest transport infrastructure projects in the Southern Hemisphere, and will give New South Wales a safer, more reliable road network.”

Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie said the Australian Government's investment will improve road safety and reduce travel times, as well as create jobs for the local community.

“The twin bridges at Pipers Creek are located just north of Kundabung and their pilings will take around two months to install, after which work will start on the bridge decks,” Dr Gillespie said.

“The current schedule of works has created 250 direct jobs and 750 indirect jobs which will be invaluable to the Mid North Coast economy.”

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey was on site today to see the bridge piling works commence on Pipers Creek Bridge.

“Both levels of government are working together to cement the Pacific Highway's future as the main route on the east coast for freight operators and motorists,” Ms Pavey said.

The Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade is jointly funded, with the Australian and New South Wales governments each providing $115 million towards the project.