Long road to progress as more Pacific Hwy to be duplicated
WORK is set to start on the Arrawarra to Glenugie Pacific Highway upgrade in the first half of the new year.
The Federal Government has awarded the first two major building contracts on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on the Pacific Hwy.
The 26km section of highway between Arrawarra and Glenugie will be upgraded as part of the 155km stretch between Woolgoolga and Ballina.
The New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight, Duncan Gay, said the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek upgrade would include a 300m twin bridge above the Corindi floodplain, and bridges over the highway at Sherwood Creek Rd and Kangaroo Trail Rd, for local road access.
It will include twin bridges above Halfway Creek and Wells Crossing Creek, as well as a wide median to help animals crossing at Newfoundland State Forest.
The upgrade will join with the existing Glenugie upgrade completed in February 2012.
From six tenders, OHL and York Joint Venture were selected to deliver the 14km section between Arrawarra and Halfway Creek, and Civil Mining and Construction will deliver the 12km section between Halfway Creek and Glenugie.
According to the government, the awarding of the contracts means more than 80% of the total Pacific Hwy duplication is either completed, under contract or currently under construction.