Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Pac Hwy upgrade to open tomorrow
THE long-awaited $862 million Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway upgrade, including the St Helena tunnels, is expected to be officially opened tomorrow.
The office of NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay this week refused to confirm the opening.
Page MP Kevin Hogan also remained tight-lipped but said he was ecstatic it was going to open in a very "short time frame".
But Federal Opposition Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, let the cat totally out of the bag when he issued a statement this morning.
He welcomed the opening of the highway, which he said was "jointly funded by the former federal Labor Government and the New South Wales State Government".
But Mr Hogan said the Federal Government had pumped an extra $2 billion into duplication of the Pacific Highway at the last election and it was a bit rich for Labor to claim credit.
The 17km length of the latest upgrade starts at the northern end of the Ballina bypass at Ross Lane and extends to the Ewingsdale interchange. Work started in mid-2015 and was planned to be open before the busy Christmas period.
According to the Roads and Maritime Service, the Federal Government contributed $566.1 million to the project and the State Government contributed $295.9 million.
"When this project opens on Friday, it will deliver safer and faster travel for thousands of drivers who use that section of the road each day," Mr Albanese said.
"The former Federal Labor government committed $566.1 million in funding for this section of the highway, while the NSW Government contributed $295.9 million."