Frederickton to Eungai Pacific Hwy upgrade ramping up
INSPECTING works on the 26.5km long upgrade of the Pacific Hwy between Frederickton and Eungai, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker was taken back to a dark day in North Coast history.
"This project is deeply important to those of us who remember the tragic bus crash in the 1980's," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"Every person who travels this road wants to arrive at their destination quickly and safely and this upgrade help achieve that goal."
Construction on the $675 million upgrade is ramping up as the project enters the next stage of development.
The route has now been completely cleared by project contractors Thiess and work is set to commence laying the concrete road base.
More than 500,000 cubic metres of dirt has already been removed along the route. Piling has also commenced on bridges which will carry the highway upgrade over local roads, creeks, drainage areas and farm accesses.
Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker today joined community leaders, including Kempsey shire mayor Liz Campbell and Nambucca shire mayor Rhonda Hoban, for a comprehensive site inspection of the project.
"Because the duplication is predominately being constructed on a completely new route, it has been difficult to gauge the huge scale of the works," he said.
"It was quite incredible to see first-hand how much the project has progressed in the past six months, despite some inclement weather."
The communities of Bellimbopinni, Clybucca, and Barraganyatti will be bypassed by the project, and 14 fauna underpasses will be built along the dual carriageway.
Seven twin bridges will be built and a new grade separated interchange is being constructed at Stuarts Point Road near Eungai.