Contracts awarded for Woolgoolga to Ballina soft soils work

Media Release

WT156/2015

27 May 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

The first soft soils works contracts have been awarded for the final 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Golding Contractors was the successful tenderer for the first wave of works, which are critical in preparing the ground before construction of a four-lane divided road can commence.

“Soft soils work will be carried out from 1.9 kilometres north of Farlows Lane to Yamba Road, as well as locations at Harwood and through to Chatsworth Road,” Mr Truss said.

“Seven businesses tendered for the work to install drains in the soft soils and build the road embankment. The work will start in July and weather permitting be completed by August next year.

“SEE Civil Pty Ltd has been awarded the second contract to stabilize the soft soils along a 3.8 kilometre section of the Pacific Highway between Whytes Lane and Pimlico.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said businesses would be invited to tender for the third contract later this year to stabilise soft soils in the sections that include Shark Creek to Maclean, Farlows Flat and Tuckombil Canal.

“Stabilising the foundation at the start of major work will allow the road base to settle before concrete paving is carried out and reduce the overall time and cost of the project to ensure this critical infrastructure is delivered by 2020,” Mr Gay said.

“With about 60 per cent or 397 kilometres of the final highway length already upgraded, focus is now on the remaining Woolgoolga to Ballina section.

“Once completed, the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade will reduce travel times by up to 25 minutes and the distance travelled by road users by 9 kilometres.

“In the last two decades, the number of lives lost on the highway has halved and work on this final section will help lower this statistic even further.”

The soft soils works are part of the $564.6 million Woolgoolga to Ballina planning and preconstruction works, with the Australian and New South Wales governments each contributing $282.3 million.