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Registrations of interest called for M1 Pacific Motorway extension contract

Funding boost for NSW’s M1 Pacific Motorway Extension

Transport for NSW is calling for registrations of interest from prequalified contractors to deliver extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace in the Hunter Region.

The Australian Government has committed $1.6 billion and the New South Wales Government $400 million to deliver both the M1 to Raymond Terrace and Hexham Straight projects, transforming the journey between Sydney and the Queensland border.

The proposed upgrade works for the M1 Pacific Motorway extension will include 15 kilometres of dual carriageway motorway with two lanes in each direction, bypassing Hexham and Heatherbrae.

Interchanges will also be built at Black Hill, Tarro, Tomago, and Raymond Terrace, along with a 2.6 kilometre bridge over Woodlands Close, the Main Northern Railway, New England Highway and Hunter River.

The project aims to improve connectivity between the M1 Pacific Motorway and the Pacific Highway, as well as improve traffic flows for both motorists and freight.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project would deliver improved highway connections and more reliable travel times, as well as support 2700 jobs over its life cycle.

“This game-changing project will help ease congestion for the 25,000 vehicles that use this stretch between Newcastle and Maitland every day, helping to keep freight, commuters and tourists moving,” he said.

The project will also provide improved access to key employment areas, such as the port of Newcastle and Greater Newcastle.

New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said that the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace project would provide smoother journeys between the Victorian and Queensland borders.

“With demand on the road network in the Hunter only anticipated to increase as populations grow, the M1 extension to Raymond Terrace will provide improved traffic flow and increased connectivity, while ensuring better access to the road network for local traffic” he said.

Transport for NSW will work with short-listed tenderers, and then the successful contractors, to consider and incorporate feedback from the industry.

Timing for construction is not confirmed and is subject to planning approval.

To view the latest project update, click here.

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