Tenders called for Foxground and Berry Bypass

13 September 2013

Tenders called for Foxground and Berry Bypass

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced a key step forward towards upgrading the Princes Highway with tenders being called for the Foxground and Berry bypass.

Mr Ward said Roads and Maritime had called tenders for the next stage in the upgrade of the Princes Highway, which aims to progressively complete a four lane divided highway between Sydney and Jervis Bay Road at Falls Creek.

“The NSW Government is committed to growing and improving the State’s road network and in this year's State budget announced a $5.1 billion investment to build and maintain critical road and maritime infrastructure,” he said.

“The Princes Highway is a key element of this year’s budget with $19 million in funding allocated to complete planning and award the detailed design and construction contract for this important project. 

“Roads and Maritime has called for tenders from the two shortlisted tenderers Lend Lease Engineering/Nace and Fulton Hogan. Tenders will close in December. 

“The project will provide a four lane divided highway separated by a median for 11.6 kilometres between Toolijooa Road and Schofields Lane. The upgrade includes a bypass of the existing winding highway at Foxground and a bypass of Berry with interchanges provided for access either side of Berry.

“The award of the contract is expected in the first half of next year, with detailed design to start immediately and major work soon after.

“The Foxground and Berry bypass project was approved in July by the NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, conditional on Roads and Maritime complying with the Minister’s Conditions of Approval during the detailed design, construction and operation of the highway upgrade.

“The upgrade will provide significant safety, traffic flow and travel time improvements and will reduce flooding for many properties in Berry,” Mr Ward said.

Roads and Maritime will continue to consult with individual property owners to discuss land acquisition and access for investigations to prepare for the detailed design and construction phases.

The project office in Berry will continue to open on Fridays from 10am to 5pm.

More information is available on the project website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/fbb or by calling the project information line, toll free on 1800 506 976.

The Foxground and Berry bypass is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

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