Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced a significant milestone in the full duplication of the Pacific Highway – the preferred tenderer to design and build the longest bridge between Woolgoolga and Ballina.
“The communities on the North Coast have long dreamed about the duplication of the Pacific Highway, and now it is quickly becoming a reality,” he said.
“The announcement of the preferred tenderer to build the longest bridge on this section of the highway over the Clarence River is a major milestone in meeting our deadline of completing the duplication of the Pacific Highway by 2020.”
“Including the 1.5km Harwood Bridge, we now have about 38 of the 155km section built, with an additional 53km being prepared for major work.”
“The construction of the bridge will contribute around 200 jobs to the 2500 direct and 4,500 indirect jobs being created on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the upgrade.
“The Pacific Highway upgrade has been the biggest boon for jobs in the local area in decades – we know about 35 per cent of local workers are picking up jobs on other sections of the upgrade.”
“With a large number of people working on various sections of the upgrade for as many as seven to eight years, construction of the Harwood Bridge will provide yet another continued source of employment.”