Kempsey bypass wins second environmental award

5 July 2013

Kempsey bypass wins second environmental award

The Kempsey bypass Pacific Highway alliance project team has won a second major environmental award in less than a month.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Infrastructure Development Director Geoff Fogarty said the 2013 Civil Construction Federation Earth Award was an example of one of the team’s many accomplishments during work on the Pacific Highway upgrade.

“This prestigious award recognises outstanding achievement in the civil infrastructure arena and builds on the recent success in winning the United Nations Environmental Sustainability Leadership award,” Mr Fogarty said.

“Achievements on the Kempsey bypass have been significant, from environmental management to innovative engineering. 

“The environmental leadership is an example of the great work being achieved,” Mr Fogarty said.

Some of the most notable initiatives contributing to the project’s environmental awards include:

  • Building a natural reed-bed waste water system
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through efficient design of haulage roads
  • Recycling of material across the project
  • Building animal crossings and establishment of clean water diversions

Mr Fogarty said a number of environmental issues were managed by the team throughout the project. These included both indigenous and non indigenous heritage, native vegetation management, mountainous terrain, river and creek crossings, abundant native fauna, acid sulphate soils and the Macleay River flood plain.

“The Alliance team was committed to open and proactive leadership which encouraged, promoted and raised environmental awareness,” Mr Fogarty said.

“This commitment led to innovation, resourceful environmental management and achievements across the life of the project.

“Congratulations to the project team on this fine achievement.” 

The Kempsey bypass upgrade has opened to traffic. Final work on local roads and full project completion is scheduled for later this year, weather permitting.

The Alliance project team, which included Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Leighton Contractors, AECOM and Coffey Geotechnics, upgraded 14.5 kilometres of highway to four lane divided highway which bypasses Kempsey and Frederickton.

Contact:     Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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