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Drilling begins on M1 extension

Construction begins on $2.1B M1 Pacific Motorway extension

Geotechnical drilling has commenced ahead of major construction later this year on the 15-kilometre M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace in New South Wales.

Th extension of the M1 will aim to improve traffic flow and increase connectivity to support the growing region.

In December last year the Federal and New South Wales governments announced John Holland Gamuda Australia Joint Venture as the successful contractors for the southern contract, which is a 10-kilometre section that extends from Black Hill to Tomago.


 

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Seymour Whyte Constructions were also announced as the successful contractors for the northern contract, which is a five-kilometre section that bypasses Heatherbrae.

This comes as works begin on the Hexham Straight Widening project that will transform a six-kilometre section from two lanes to three in each direction, will improve traffic flow for the 50,000 motorists and freight vehicles who use this route daily.

The Hexham Straight is expected to open to traffic in 2026 while the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace is on track to open in 2028.

The combined project cost is $2.1 billion, with the Australian Government contributing $1.68 billion and the NSW Government contributing $420 million.

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