Contractors announced to build Pacific Hway upgrade

THE Federal Government has announced the successful contractors to build the Frederickton to Eungai Pacific Highway upgrade.

Thiess and McMahon Contractors have been selected to design and deliver the upgrade with construction on this
section expected to begin in the middle of next year.

"More than two decades since the horrific Clybucca bus crash and after three years of planning and community consultations, I'm extremely pleased work on fixing this notorious 26.5 kilometre section will finally be underway by this time next year," Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said.

"Once completed in 2016, this new, fully duplicated section will link up with the Kempsey Bypass which is currently under-construction and on track to be completed before Easter - more than 12 months early."

The $762 million project will be funded on a 50-50 basis by both the Federal and NSW governments, with the new section to be built to the west of the Highway's existing alignment - see attached map.

NSW Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay said the Frederickton to Eungai upgrade will save lives and further reduce journey times.

"The project will also build a major new interchange at Stuarts Point Road, install additional rest areas on both sides of the Highway south of Barraganyatti near Cooks Lane, and ensure local farmers can move equipment and livestock into and out of their properties," Mr Gay said.

"Lastly, it will prevent the highway from being cut by all but a once in a century flooding event."

 

PROJECT HISTORY

July 2011:               Geotechnical works commenced.

January 2011:         Tenders called for further geotechnical works.

July 2008:               Project approval obtained.

July 2007:               Environmental assessment display for community comment.

August 2006:          Project applications submitted to the NSW Department of
Planning seeking Director General Requirement for the environmental assessment.

February 2005:       Announcement of further investigations and the preparation of
the environmental assessment.

July 2004:               Preferred route identified for the entire length including
Collombatti and East Kempsey.

December 2003:      Preferred route identified including alternative sub-options for
Collombatti and East Kempsey.

October 2002:         Route options identified.

October 2001:         Start of investigations and identification of a study area.


The Clybucca Memorial was built in 1989 to commemorate Australia's worst road accident, when 35 people lost their lives on the Pacific Highway when two coaches crashed head-on.
The Clybucca Memorial was built in 1989 to commemorate Australia's worst road accident, when 35 people lost their lives on the Pacific Highway when two coaches crashed head-on.


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