Tenderer announced - Nambucca Heads to Urunga

7 June 2013

Tenderer announced for Nambucca Heads to Urunga upgrade

Tenders have progressed on two Pacific Highway projects moving the upgrade a step closer to delivering improved safety benefits for all road users.

A Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokesperson said the tender process is one of the first steps towards building vital upgrades on the Pacific Highway and getting them open to traffic as quickly as possible.

"The Nambucca to Urunga and Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrades have moved forward with the release of two design and building tenders," the spokesperson said.

"Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd has been selected as the contractor to design and build the Nambucca Heads to Urunga Pacific Highway upgrade.

"Early building work is already under way on the project as part of a preliminary contract awarded earlier in the year.

"RMS wanted to get started as early as possible and work such as boundary fencing and geotech work is being carried out before major work starts.

"Abigroup will now start finalising the detailed design with the major building work on the upgrade expected to start later this year.

"Two tenderers have also been shortlisted to design and build the Oxley Highway to Kundabung section of the upgrade.

"Thiess Pty Ltd and Abigroup Baulderstone joint venture have now been invited to submit tenders for detailed design and building of the Oxley Highway to Kundabung project.

"The Oxley Highway to Kundabung tender will involve the detailed design and building of the 23 kilometre section of the Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade.

"The preferred tenderer is expected to be announced by the end of the year and building is expected to start mid next year."

The Pacific Highway upgrade between Hexham and the Queensland border is funded by the NSW and Federal governments.

At the end of April this year, 360 kilometres of four lane divided road had been completed, about 59 kilometres is being built and about 105 kilometres of road is being prepared for building.

About 54 per cent of the final highway length is now four lane divided road.

For more information on the upgrade visit the RMS website www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects.

Contact: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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