Leightons to build second stage of Pimlico to Teven upgrade

LEIGHTON Contractors will build the second stage of the Pimlico to Teven Pacific Hwy upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced the successful contractor for the project yesterday.

"Stage two is located just south of the Ballina bypass and will improve safety and travel times for motorists," he said.

The upgrade includes building 2km of new road on the Pacific Hwy and about 1.3km of new road on the Bruxner Hwy.

The second stage also includes building bridges over Duck and Emigrant creeks.

The Pimlico to Teven upgrade is part of the $564.6 million of planning and pre-construction works being undertaken between Woolgoolga and Ballina, Mr Truss said.

Page MP Kevin Hogan said stage one involved stabilising the soft soil at the site by using stone columns and mixing cement with the soil.

"Stage three will involve building the southbound lanes along the existing highway route," he said.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads Stuart Ayres said the community could "have confidence the two governments would deliver the full upgrade between Hexham and the Queensland border".

"This project is being delivered in three stages due to complex traffic arrangements between the Pacific and Bruxner highways," he said.

"At the end of August there were 368km of four-lane divided road completed, about 76km of road was being built, and the remaining sections were being prepared."

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