The tender has been awarded for soft soil works on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
The tender has been awarded for soft soil works on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade. Adam Hourigan

Tender awarded for highway soil works

SEE Civil Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract for soft soil treatment work on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade at Tuckombil Canal.

The work will be undertaken between Tuckombil Rd and Watsons Rd, 3.5km south of Woodburn. 

The project involves stabilising the underlying soft soil before the main construction starts.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the contract was another important milestone as part of the wider Pacific Hwy upgrade package.

“The Australian and NSW governments are continuing to roll out our multi-billion dollar investment in the Pacific Hwy upgrade along the north coast,” he said.

“Each milestone is another important step for local motorists in improving safety and productivity.”

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said 408km of highway had been upgraded, with work full steam ahead on the final section between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

“This upgrade shows the NSW and Australian governments’ commitment to strengthen the national road network – with works being fast tracked to ensure a fully duplicated highway between Hexham and the Queensland border is open to traffic by 2020,” he said. 

“Progress is already being made on other soft soil treatment works on the 155km section, with work starting on the first two waves of soft soil work for a 3.8km section of the Pacific Highway.”

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the soft soil treatment would provide the foundation work ahead of main construction.

“The Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade crosses several floodplains and geologically complex regions,” he said.

“The work includes installing drains into the soft soil to extract water and building road foundations to help the soil settle more quickly.”

State Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said work at Tuckombil Canal was expected to start in May 2016 and be completed by mid-2017, weather permitting.

“Soft soil treatment will reduce vehicle wear and tear for motorists by improving the long-term performance of the road surface and ride quality for motorists,” he said.

The soft soils works are funded under the $564.6 million Woolgoolga to Ballina planning and preconstruction project, to which the Australian and NSW governments are each providing $282.3 million. 

This funding is in addition to the commitment by both governments towards the construction of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade, which is being funded on an 80:20 basis.

For more information visit the RMS website.



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