Early work begins on Kooragang Island road duplication

Media Release

WT292/2015

18 September 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads,
Maritime and Freight

Road users will start to see early works under way for the $103 million duplication of Tourle Street and Cormorant Road at Kooragang Island from today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian and New South Wales governments have each committed more than $51 million to the project to improve traffic flow and cater for future growth.

“Tourle Street and Cormorant Road form the main corridor connecting Kooragang Island to Newcastle and the southern section of the Port of Newcastle. Approximately 33,000 vehicles, including more than 3000 heavy vehicles, use this road daily as the main corridor connecting Newcastle with Newcastle Airport and Port Stephens,” Mr Truss said.

“This vital upgrade will improve traffic flow and cater for a forecast increase in traffic due to future urban development in Port Stephens, the expansion of Newcastle Airport and growth of industrial development on Kooragang Island.

“Starting early work, before tenders are invited for major work, will ensure the successful tenderer can start work as soon as possible.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said it was only as recent as this week he was in the Hunter region observing work on roads and at one of the biggest ports in Australia—the Port of Newcastle.

“By undertaking work such as shoulder widening and building a new bridge, we are supporting the increasing number of freight movements in and out of the Port of Newcastle, one of the world's largest coal exporters, where Kooragang Island is located,” Mr Gay said.

“Early work will include building road embankments at the southern end of the Tourle Street Bridge and in the Long Pond area on the northern side of Cormorant Road. The embankments will allow the soft soil to settle and prepare the ground to properly support the future road pavement.”

The work also includes building an underground barrier to prevent movement of old steelwork and adjustments to Telstra services on Tourle Street and Ausgrid overhead power lines on Cormorant Road.

Tender documentation is currently being prepared for tenders for major work to be called later this year and more information on the project is available at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects.