Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, stands on top of the paving machine while the paving crew work away, pouring concrete to establish the sub-base for the 22 kilometre section of road between Nambucca Heads and Urunga. 11 MARCH 2015 Photo Gemima Harvey/Coffs Coast Advocate
Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, stands on top of the paving machine while the paving crew work away, pouring concrete to establish the sub-base for the 22 kilometre section of road between Nambucca Heads and Urunga. 11 MARCH 2015 Photo Gemima Harvey/Coffs Coast Advocate Gemima Harvey

Significant step for Nambucca Heads to Urunga upgrade

THE Pacific Hwy upgrade between Nambucca Heads and Urunga reached a major milestone today with the first layer of concrete poured on the new 22km section of road.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker stood atop the paving machine, admiring the work of the Lend Lease crew, as they poured and smoothed the sub-base on a stretch near South Arm Rd.

Mr Hartsuyker said he was pleased with progress on the upgrade, despite the recent challenging weather conditions.

"Having viewed the construction of this project from the air and on the ground, I have been impressed with the scale of the earthworks which have already been undertaken," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"This project will deliver four lanes of motorway and address one of the real blackspots on the Pacific Hwy. Since 2000 there have been more than 200 crashes on this stretch of highway, and more than 30 fatalities.

"This project is creating almost 1000 direct jobs and 3000 indirect jobs during construction. Once complete, this new section will make an enormous difference to motorists on this highway each and every day."

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the highway will soon become a four-lane divided road with new bridges and overpasses being built.

The Nambucca Heads to Urunga upgrade project is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2016.

"This puts us in a great position to see the full duplication of the Pacific Highway by the end of the decade," Mr Gay said.

The $780million project is jointly funded by the federal and state governments.



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