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Contract Awarded for Oxley Highway to Kundabung Upgrade

Media Release

WT039/2014

18 March 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Ports

Lend Lease has been awarded the contract to design and build the $965 million Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade on the Pacific Highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the design process would start immediately, and construction could start later this year.

“The upgrade will provide significant benefits to road users with improvements in road safety and reduced travel times,” Mr Truss said.

“The Pacific Highway is a major contributor to the economy on the east coast, so improving the highway’s capacity is a priority for the Australian Government.

“This 23 kilometre project is the southern stage of the larger 37 kilometre Oxley Highway to Kempsey project.”

NSW Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay said the Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade would provide a divided road with two lanes in each direction.

“The project includes new bridges over the Hastings and Wilson rivers and a major interchange at Blackmans Point Road,” Mr Gay said.

“The upgrade will also be built to a one-in-100 year flood immunity standard, ensuring local farmers and the community have access to homes and work places all year round.

“The Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.”

The northern stage of the upgrade, from Kundabung to Kempsey, will be built under a separate contract that is expected to be awarded soon.