The $4m rest stop at Arrawarra will have a large rest area for heavy vehicles as well as bus and car parks, picnic areas and toilets.
The $4m rest stop at Arrawarra will have a large rest area for heavy vehicles as well as bus and car parks, picnic areas and toilets.

Arrawarra wins $4m rest stop

A NEW $4.4 million rest stop will be built at Arrawarra as part of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Highway Upgrade.

The facility will have a large rest area for heavy vehicles as well as bus and car parks, picnic areas and toilets. There are no plans to include any commercial ventures such as fast food sites.

An RTA spokesperson said the Arrawarra rest spot had been chosen after a review of 62 submissions.

“The decision to select Arrawarra as the preferred rest area was not taken lightly,” he said.

“The site was chosen because it would be less noisy and would have less impact on existing agricultural property and properties proposed for industrial rezoning. There were also significant cost differences between both rest area sites with the Arrawarra site estimated to cost $4.4 million as opposed to $12 million for the south Woolgoolga site.”

The RTA will now be seeking approval from the Minister for Planning and if approved the rest stop will be completed during the highway upgrade.

A contract for the design and construction of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade was recently awarded to the joint venture of Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd and Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd.

Over the next few months a site compound will be set up, detailed design work will be carried out, temporary access tracks will be installed and signs and fencing will be put up.

The main highway construction is expected to start as soon as the design has been finalised and environmental approvals have been granted.



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