Preferred tenderer announced for Foxground & Berry
21 March 2014
Preferred tenderer announced for Foxground and Berry upgrade of the Princes Highway
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced Fulton Hogan as the preferred tenderer for the Foxground and Berry bypass.
“They said it could never be done! Today’s announcement means that we are no longer years – but months away from starting the largest ever single investment in the history of the Princes Highway,” Mr Ward said.
“This is a project that people have talked about since 1955. The time for talk is now over.
“One of the reasons I stood for Parliament was to fix the Princes Highway. This project will make an enormous difference to the community I serve,” he said.
“Roads and Maritime Services called for tenders for the project from two shortlisted tenderers in September last year, from a joint venture of Lend Lease Engineering and Nace, and from Fulton Hogan.
“Negotiations will now continue with Fulton Hogan, with the contract expected to be awarded around the middle of this year.
“Today’s announcement means detailed design can start with major physical work expected to get under way later this year.
“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.
“The Princes Highway upgrade is a key element of this year’s budget with $19 million provided to complete planning and award the detailed design and construction contract for this important project.
“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 both from the north and south of Berry.
“The upgrade will provide significant safety, traffic flow and travel time improvements and ensure flood free access to Berry,” Mr Ward said.
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 by June 2018, weather permitting.