A view of highway upgrade and tunnell that runs under St Helena's Hill at Ewingsdale.
A view of highway upgrade and tunnell that runs under St Helena's Hill at Ewingsdale. Contributed

Highway upgrade should be ready for the New Year

The Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Pacific Highway upgrade is weeks away from opening and 95.6 per cent of the final road surface is complete.

"The $862 million Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Pacific Highway upgrade is expected to open to traffic before the end of the year, weather permitting," Duncan Gay the NSW Minister for Roads said.

The 17-kilometre project is in the final stages with electrical and mechanical fit out continuing in the St Helena tunnels, landscaping and laying of the final road surface.

"All structural concrete work for bridges is complete and the final seals are being applied to bridge decks," Mr Gay said.

"In the coming month, work will include installing road signs and safety barriers, shutting down the concrete batch plant, testing safety equipment in the St Helena tunnels and landscaping."

Since 2011, the NSW Government has invested an extra $2 billion to help fast track upgrades to the Pacific Highway, he said.

Fast facts:

95.6 per cent of the final road surface is complete

90 per cent of landscape planting is complete

26,962 linear metres of stormwater pipe has been laid (99.8% complete)

63,660 metres of subsoil drainage has been installed (91.5% complete)

899,996 square metres have had topsoil applied (83.8% complete)



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