Piling contract awarded on Pacific Highway, NSW

The Australian Government has awarded the contract to build supports for 75 bridges in the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.The Australian Government has awarded the contract to build supports for 75 bridges in the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Around 90 new jobs will be created through the works associated with the construction of the supports following Advanced Foundation Solutions (Australia) Pty Ltd winning the tender for the project.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the latest contract involved delivering more than 1,100 piles for bridges being built between Glenugie and Ballina.

“Fifteen bridges have already been built as part of the Woolgoolga to Glenugie section of the upgrade, which is expected to open to traffic late this year. The award of the contract for piling involved engaging industry early in the process to help refine the final design and planning of the work which has helped achieve best value for money for the project,” Mrs. Pavey said.

New South Wales Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said piling was used to create a stable foundation for bridges, structures and buildings by transferring the weight of the structure deeper into the underlying ground.

“It can take several days to complete one pile depending on its length and size. They can vary in length depending on the ground conditions and are driven or bored into the ground using a combination of cranes, piling rigs and vibrating hammers,” Mr. Gulaptis said.

For more information on the project visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/W2B.

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