HIGHWAY UPGRADE: Soft soil work continues on the upgrade of the Pacific Highway near the Harwood Bridge.
HIGHWAY UPGRADE: Soft soil work continues on the upgrade of the Pacific Highway near the Harwood Bridge. Adam Hourigan

Contract awarded for Woolgoolga to Ballina service road

THE latest project on the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Hwy stretch is set to start to allow more entry points.

A new 3.5km road will be laid to carry traffic while upgrade works connect Woodburn and Broadwater.

Six other temporary roads between Broadwater (Richmond River) and Harwood (Clarence River) bridges are also underway.

SEE Civil Pty Ltd was awarded the construction contract.

The new 3.5km stretch two-lane road will allow traffic between Woodburn and Broadwater to move from the existing highway to allow major work can be carried out.

 

Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, at the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway construction site.
Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, at the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway construction site. Cathryn McLauchlan

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said more than $520 million had been awarded to 54 contracts on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section in 2016.

"Around 1,000 people are now working on the project, and earlier this month Lendlease Engineering was announced as the preferred contractor to deliver the kilometre-long bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater," he said.

"The bridge over the Richmond River is the second of two major new crossings on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade, with the new bridge over the Clarence River, Harwood being the other. More than 100 bridges will be built as part of this transformational and life-saving project which has already contributed to halving fatalities on the Pacific Highway since the upgrade started.

"With work starting on both the service road and the bridge in the near future, it is going to be a busy time for construction in the Broadwater area."

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said early work on the service road was expected to start this week.

"These temporary roads are critical to progressing delivery of the Pacific Highway duplication by 2020; a project that will save dozens of lives every year while slashing travel times along the highway. Major work is now underway on six temporary roads at Yamba, Harwood, Chatsworth South, Chatsworth North, Mororo and Iluka," Mrs Pavey said.

 

The area where the Pacific Highway upgrade will go
The area where the Pacific Highway upgrade will go Samantha Elley

NSW Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said it is great to see further progress on upgrading the Pacific Highway.

"It's great to see the construction of the temporary service roads as they highlight the upgrade of the last leg of the Pacific Highway. It means local jobs and a boost to the local economy and a looming reality that we will have a divided highway between Sydney and Brisbane by 2020," Mr Gulaptis said.

The full duplication of the Pacific Highway is expected to be completed by 2020, weather permitting.



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