First of 40 new bridges on Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade

7 October 2015

PROGRESS towards a more efficient national road network is continuing with the start of major bridge works at Halfway Creek, part of the 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on the Pacific Highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the bridge work is a key part of the upgrade which features more than 40 new bridges across rivers, creeks and floodplains.

“With 60 per cent of the Pacific Highway already upgraded to four lane divided road, the focus is now on Woolgoolga to Ballina, the final and largest remaining section of the Australian Government’s $5.64 billion commitment to upgrading the highway,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said major work at Halfway Creek has been underway since June.

“Piling work at Halfway Creek has commenced to build new 55 metre long twin bridges, which will form part of the new Pacific Highway. Contractor Civil Mining Construction will bore holes approximately one metre in diameter which will then be reinforced with steel and concrete to form a strong foundation for the Halfway Creek Bridge,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Construction of the bridge is expected to take approximately six months, with the bridge due to be fully open to traffic in 2017. The remaining sections of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade will be completed by the end of the decade.

“Key features of the project include new overbridges at Sherwood Creek Road and Kangaroo Trail Road, twin bridges over Corindi Creek, the Corindi floodplain and Cassons Creek, and twin bridges over the Corindi Local Access Road.”

“The construction of these bridges has created many hundreds of jobs for workers with engineering expertise as well as opportunities for local contractors and suppliers. The Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade will create up to 2,500 direct jobs and 7,500 indirect jobs.

“I am also pleased that Roads and Maritime Services and its contractors, wherever possible, have pledged to use local products and services for the project.”

Member for Clarence and New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis said works will soon be underway on the Sherwood Creek Road overbridge, a 60 metres long overbridge consisting of five girders weighing approximately 55 tonnes each.

“The first stage of bridge building will involve boring holes about one metre in diameter and eight metres deep which will then be reinforced with steel and concrete to form a foundation,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“The installation of girders and pouring of the concrete bridge deck will follow bridge abutments and piers being built.

“The Sherwood Creek Road overbridge will improve connectivity of the local road network once the Pacific Highway upgrade is complete and will take approximately eight months to build, weather permitting.”

The Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments on an 80:20 basis.

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Media Contacts

  • For Mr Truss: Brett Heffernan 0467 650 020
  • For Mr Hartsuyker: Nikki Voss 0408 070 056
  • For Mr Gulaptis: Electorate office 02 6643 1244

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