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Another contract awarded on Pacific Highway upgrade as more major work commences

The New South Wales Government has awarded its 76th contract for the 155-kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade, with major earthworks set to begin.

The New South Wales Government has awarded its 76th contract for the 155-kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade, with major earthworks set to begin.The New South Wales Government has awarded its 76th contract for the 155-kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade, with major earthworks set to begin.

BMD Group will provide six temporary roads next to the highway between Maclean and Devils Pulpit as part of the $4.36 billion project to ensure work can be safely carried out on the project while keeping traffic moving.

“This key enabling work will provide temporary lanes at Yamba, Harwood, Garrets Lane, Iluka, Chatsworth South and Chatsworth North to move traffic off the existing highway so the highway upgrade can be completed,” said State Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis in a statement.

“Work is expected to start in coming months with the temporary lanes progressively opening to traffic from next year, weather permitting.

“In August, two contracts to provide survey services for the upgrade were awarded to companies VFT and Pacific Survey,” he added.

Mr. Gulaptis said that about $1 billion worth of contracts will be issue for tender between now and the end of 2016, including close to $800 million of major civil work across this particular alignment.

“This will mean the vast majority of the major contracts for the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade will either be issued for tender or evaluated by the end of the year,” he said.

Major work is also set to begin on the 35-kilometre section of the project between Glenugie and Tyndale.

About 1.4 million cubic metres of earth and rock will be moved in this section in preparation for major work to start next year.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay also said in a statement that contractor Seymour Whyte would carry out the work.

“The works will include clearing, erosion and sediment controls, drilling and blasting of about 500,000 cubic metres of rock, as well as installing animal fencing,” Mr. Gay said.

“The fencing will be installed along the route to minimise the impact of the upgrade on sensitive environmental communities.”

Mr. Gulaptis said Roads and Maritime Services took the project’s conditions of approval, including to protect local wildlife and preserve aboriginal heritage, seriously.

“The project team has worked hard to ensure they are delivering the best outcomes for all communities along the route,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“As part of the project we are building a haul road to help keep large earthmoving equipment off local roads, improving road safety for the local community.”

Early work on this section will be carried out for about 12 months, weather permitting.

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