New Pacific Hwy upgrade to begin next year

Major works to begin early next year on $310 million Banora Point project as part of Pacific Highway upgrade

December 16, 2009

Major works will begin early next year on the Pacific Highway to slash travel times and upgrade road infrastructure.

The $310 million Banora Point is part of the $3.6 billion Pacific Highway program joint-funded by the federal and NSW governments.

"When complete in mid 2012, the new section of Highway will reduce travel time and improve safety for the 55,000 motorists that use it every day," NSW Premier Kristina Keneally says.

The project will straighten and improve the Pacific Highway between Barneys Point Bridge and the Tweed Heads bypass.

Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot says the upgrade is an important milestone.

"The upgrade will make a real difference for the thousands of local people who travel this busy section of highway every day," she says.

Elliot says the project will also support 250 short-term jobs and build essential infrastructure to boost long-term economic prosperity.

Clearing works and field investigations will continue over summer.

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