The moment of the St Helena tunnel breakthrough. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
The moment of the St Helena tunnel breakthrough. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Tunnel breakthrough a major milestone for highway upgrade

A MAJOR milestone was reached today when an excavator broke through the northbound tunnel through St Helena Hill on the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker, NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Minister for the North Coast Don Page were on hand with local media to witness the significant achievement.

The 434m twin tunnels through St Helena Hill form part of the 17.3km of dual carriageway upgrade, due to be completed by the end of 2014.

Mr Hogan said the Federal government committed $566.1 million toward the $862 million Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade, while the NSW government contributed $295 million.

"When this project is finished we will have a highway that is motorway standard, with a speed limit of 110km/h," he said.



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