Contractors shortlisted for Pacific Highway upgrade

Theiss and joint venture between Abigroup and Baulderstone to submit tenders on the Oxley Highway to Kundabung Pacific Highway upgrade

March 20, 2013

Two contractors have been shortlisted to design and build the Oxley Highway to Kundabung Pacific Highway upgrade in New South Wales.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says Thiess and a joint venture between Abigroup and Baulderstone had been selected to proceed to the next phase of the tendering process.

He says the project is part of the ongoing upgrade and full duplication of the highway, and brings NSW a step closer to a four-lane Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border.

"The two contractors will now be required to submit detailed tenders, with contracts for both projects to be awarded later this year," Albanese says.

"Construction of this section will commence mid next year. Stretching 23km, work will start at the Oxley Highway in Port Macquarie and finish north of Barrys Creek near Kundabung."

NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner says the project is part of the Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade that will connect to the soon-to-open Kempsey Bypass.

"The project was approved in February 2012 and the concept design provides for a four-lane divided road, new bridges for the Hastings River and Wilson River crossings and a bypass of Telegraph Point," he says.

The Federal Government has committed $7.9 billion to the Pacific Highway duplication since 2008, with $2.5 billion coming from NSW.

Albanese says 52 percent of the highway has been upgraded to motorway standard and duplicated so far.

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