Lendlease Engineering won the contract to supply more than 2700 headstocks, planks and abutments to the project, CPB Contractors was awarded the tender to provide about 800 Super T girders, and Boral Resources won the tender to provide about 60,000 cubic metres of concrete to the project.
New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the tender awards related to precast concrete bridge components.
“Using precast components means most bridges will be able to be built about five to 15 per cent faster than traditional building methods. This more efficient construction method will ensure the upgrades remain on track to open to traffic by 2020,” Mrs. Pavey said.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said manufacturing of the bridge components would start almost immediately, ensuring ongoing employment for workers at existing facilities in Macksville and Coffs Harbour.
“A significant proportion of contracts for works on the Pacific Highway are being awarded to north coast businesses, providing sub-contracting and supply opportunities for locals and flow through benefits to the local accommodation and hospitality industry,” said Mr. Hogan.
The Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments on an 80:20 basis.
More information on the project and tender awards can be found at: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/W2B.