Quality concern on Hwy upgrade

QUALITY issues have arisen on the Pacific Hwy upgrade construction between Nambucca and Urunga.

The Advocate has been contacted by sources linked to the project, saying culverts were incorrectly laid within a 13km section of the upgrade.

The issues reportedly came to light in the wake of heavy rainfall from this month's east coast low.

Roads and Maritime Services this week acknowledged there had been issues with some culverts as well as sections of concrete road surfaces.

In a statement, an RMS spokeswoman said the department was working with building partner Lendlease to "resolve the quality issues" to meet standards.

"All projects of this scale include a quality assurance phase to ensure the infrastructure being built will provide a long-lasting, durable highway able to cater for current and future traffic demands," she said.

"It is important the project meets the required standards before it can be open to traffic".

Highway planners have vowed the upgrade will be up and running by December, sticking to an earlier guarantee it would be completed in the second half of 2016.

The RMS spokeswoman said an opening date would be "determined in the near future".

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