Soft soil works ramp up on Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade

Media Release

WT294/2015

23 September 2015

Joint release with:

Chris Gulaptis

NSW Member for Clarence
NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for page

Tenders have been invited for the next stage of soft soil works on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said inviting tenders for soft soil works near Woodburn was a vital step towards delivering one of Australia's largest road infrastructure projects.

“The 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade is the final section of the Pacific Highway upgrade, which is on track for completion before the end of the decade. Once the upgrade is complete it will shave 25 minutes off the travel time between the two centres and is expected to reduce crashes along the section by more than 20 per cent,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said soft soil treatment will be carried out on sections of the highway before major building work starts to ensure the upgrade opened to traffic on time.

“The Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade crosses several floodplains and geologically complex regions, with some sections of highway requiring work to improve the stability of underlying soft soils. This project shows the Australian Government's commitment to strengthening the national road network,” Mr Hogan said.

New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis said soft soil works can include installing drains into the soft soil to extract water and building road foundations with granular fill to help the soil settle more quickly.

“The tenders advertised are for works on a 1.4 kilometre section of the Pacific Highway south of Woodburn with work expected to start in November,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“A mandatory pre-tender meeting and site inspection for soft soil work near Woodburn will be scheduled with details available upon registration before tenders close on 7 October.”

The soft soils works are funded under the $564.6 million Woolgoolga to Ballina planning and preconstruction project, for which the Australian and New South Wales governments are each providing $282.3 million.

This funding is in addition to the commitment by both governments towards the construction of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade, which is being funded on an 80:20 basis. For more information on the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/W2B.