It’s hoped the remaining Pacific Highway upgrade will be finished by the end of the decade. Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
It’s hoped the remaining Pacific Highway upgrade will be finished by the end of the decade. Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Highway upgrade to be fast-tracked for end of decade

WITH the goal of reducing accidents and improving road safety by more than 25%, design work of the Pacific Highway upgrade has been divided into four sections to fast-track construction.

This is to ensure the final 155 kilometre section of the project opens to traffic by the end of the decade, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.

"With major work advancing across the first 26 kilometres between Woolgoolga and Glenugie, the focus is now on preparing the remaining sections for major work," Mr Truss said.

"Project delivery partner Pacific Complete is now progressing detailed design work across all remaining sections of the highway upgrade."

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said he was looking forward to other milestones being reached on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade.

"Separate design and build contracts will be announced for the Clarence and Richmond river crossings, which need to take into account flood modelling," he said.

"With a range of works already underway, many residents are already seeing benefits from this upgrade."

Companies involved

Four companies have been awarded contracts for the detailed design of major work on the remaining sections of the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

They are:

  • GHD Pty Ltd - Glenugie to Maclean
  • Arcadis Australia Pty Ltd and Beca Pty Ltd - Maclean - Devil's Pulpit
  • Arup Pty Ltd and Cardno (NSW/ACT) Pty Ltd - Devil's Pulpit - Broadwater
  • SMEC Australia Pty Ltd - Broadwater - Pimlico

The Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments on an 80:20 basis.

Facts about the upgrade

  • 450 road designers on the project
  • 2500 direct jobs with 4000 at the peak of the project
  • 400km of road has already been completed
  • 155km of road to still be upgraded

For more information on the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/W2B



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