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By Willow Aliento
September 7, 2017
The latest stage of one of the largest and longest running road infrastructure projects in New South Wales, the Pacific Highway upgrade, has been awarded to CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors.
Roads and Maritime Services have contracted CPB Contractors to deliver the main civil work for the 34km Devils Pulpit to Richmond River section of the $4.36 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade stage.
The construct-only contract is expected to generate revenue of approximately $365 million for the company. The project will result in four lane highway sections that link the Maclean to Devils Pulpit section of the Pacific Highway to the south and the Richmond River to Ballina Bypass section.
“Our strong track record of delivering new and improved major roads initiatives strongly positions CIMIC and CPB Contractors for projects such as significant upgrades of the Pacific Highway,” CIMIC Chief Executive Officer Adolfo Valderas said .
“Using our world-class expertise and local experience we will help improve the safety and efficiency of this important transport network, and create a more sustainable road system for people and communities.”
The Pacific Highway Upgrade project commenced in 1996 and has a targeted completion date of 2020 for the entire stretch from Hexham - just north of Sydney - to Brisbane.
The upgrade has involved widening every part of the highway to at least two lanes in either direction, upgrading interchanges and bridges, and constructing bypasses to remove the traffic flow from the centre of towns along the highway.
This current package of works includes upgrading the highway to two lanes in each direction, building seven new bridges, and associated road works consisting of ground treatments, earthworks and road surfacing.
As the highway is one of the main road freight and passenger vehicle routes between Sydney and Queensland, one of the major challenges for contractors has been ensuring traffic keeps moving.
“Our team is committed to using proven traffic management and innovative building methodologies to minimise disruption and maximise safety for road users during the major works,” CPB Contractors Managing Director Juan Santamaria said .
“Through our highly experienced approach to project management and procurement, we’ll deliver public value and increased opportunities for local workers and businesses.
“We look forward to working closely with other contractors, Roads and Maritime and its delivery partner Pacific Complete to build this section of the upgrade.”
Major works are expected to start in October 2017 and be completed by 2020.
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