The main civil works contract for the Iluka Road to Devils Pulpit section of the Pacific Highway – Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade has been awarded to BMD Constructions, bringing the total amount of contracts awarded to almost $3 billion.
“This will involve upgrading a 14.9-kilometre section of the highway, creating about 120 jobs, with about 2,500 direct and 7,500 indirect jobs expected to be supported in the broader workforce at the peak of work of the project,” NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said.
According to Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, this milestone shows the sheer scale of one of the country’s most vital infrastructure projects, with completed works along the route already delivering safer travels as well as reducing fatalities on the road.
“The first two sections of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade, 22 kilometres of new divided highway between Woolgoolga and Glenugie, were recently opened, delivering a safer and more reliable road network along the New South Wales north coast,” Mr Chester said.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said that BMD’s recent contract win is the final main civil works contract for this project.
“The project team has recently released tenders for the rigid pavement contracts and it is impressive to see the large number of private sector partners coming together to deliver one of the State’s signature infrastructure projects. The Pacific Highway works have created or supported thousands of jobs throughout the region – from construction workers through to local businesses,” Mr Hogan said.
The Pacific Highway – Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade is expected to be completed and fully open in 2020.
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