Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

$80 million Bolivia Hill upgrade underway

Media Release

MM090/2018

03 July 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Melinda Pavey MP

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
State Member for Oxley

The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP

Federal Member for New England

The Hon Thomas George MP

NSW Member for Lismore

Work begins today on a major upgrade of a section of the New England Highway around Bolivia Hill, about 32 kilometres south of Tenterfield.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the $80 million project would widen and straighten the highway where it traverses the lower reaches of Bolivia Hill.

“Around Australia the Liberal and Nationals' Government is focused on upgrading roads to ensure people can get home sooner and safer,” Mr McCormack said.

“The New England Highway—Bolivia Hill Upgrade project is set to improve safety and efficiency levels for all users of this important freight corridor, which is also used as an alternative to the Pacific Highway.”

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the existing New England Highway in the Bolivia Hill area had a poor crash history due to narrow lanes and road shoulders, a rock face on one side and a steep rock valley on the other.

“This project will include more than two kilometres of new road, a new 320-metre-long bridge, wider lanes in each direction and widened road shoulders,” Mrs Pavey said.

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the highway was a vital road for the Glen Innes and Tenterfield communities as well as passing tourists and freight vehicles.

“Building good transport links for heavy vehicles means that local producers can be sure their produce will reach market in a safe and cost-competitive manner,” Mr Joyce said.

“I've been fighting for the electorate to get this project off the ground so it's great to see work underway to improve our corridor of commerce that is the New England Highway.”

NSW Member for Lismore Thomas George said the Bolivia Hill project would save lives.

“This section of the New England Highway has seen a number of crashes over the past decade, which is why the Australian and NSW governments are working together to make this stretch of road safer and more efficient for all users,” Mr George said.

Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. Nearby residents will be advised of any construction work outside normal working hours.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.

The Bolivia Hill Upgrade is being jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $55 million and the New South Wales Government committing $25 million.