The contract for the main civil work on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade in Northern New South Wales, between Iluka Rd and Devils Pulpit, has been awarded to BMD Constructions.

The work will involve upgrading a 14.9km section of highway and create around 120 jobs, with about 2,500 direct and 7,500 indirect jobs expected to be supported in the broader workforce at the peak of work of the project.

Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, said this was the final main civil contract to be awarded on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

“The project team has recently released tenders for the rigid pavement contracts and it is impressive to see the large number of private sector partners coming together to deliver one of the state’s signature infrastructure projects. The Pacific Highway works have created or supported thousands of jobs throughout the region—from construction workers through to local businesses,” Mr Hogan said.

All contracts, totalling $3 billion, have now been awarded on the 155km Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

NSW Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, said the contracts awarded showed the complexity of the project.

“To date, contracts have been issued to various private sector partners to deliver main civil packages, bridge packages and the two longest bridges on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section—the Clarence River and Richmond River bridges,” Mr Gulaptis said.

The upgrade, which is due to fully open in 2020, is funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments. 

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