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"Bolivia Hill" New England Highway realignment update



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FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT TONY WINDSOR MP 0427 668868

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TONY WINDSOR B.Ec MP INDEPENDENT FEDERAL MEMBER FOR NEW ENGLAND

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Media Release 19th July 2012 “Bolivia Hill” New England Highway Realignment Update Work on the feasibility study into the realignment of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill is progressing as per schedule, the Independent Member for New England, Tony Windsor has been assured. According to information from the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese’s office, tenders closed yesterday from professional engineering service companies to identify route development options with the investigative work carried out earlier in the year, including aerial photography, site investigations and environmental mapping. This information will be incorporated into the successful tenderers’ investigations. Once a contract has been awarded, investigations will involve community consultation and geotechnical and environmental investigations. The successful contractor will also conduct traffic studies, identify possible route corridors and develop strategic concept designs. The Minister’s office has indicated that the study area will be displayed shortly with community consultation and investigation work commencing in August/September this year. Mr Windsor is pleased to see progress being made on upgrading this section of the New England Highway. “The Bolivia Hill section of the New England Highway has long been in need of realignment. “It has been the scene of fatal accidents and others causing serious injury not to mention the many near misses that we don’t hear about. “I have made it clear to Minister Albanese that I believe it to be the worst part of the New England Highway which is why I made this current planning work part of my agreement to form government. “Once the planning work is completed and a preferred route decided on, we can then pursue the necessary funding to fix the problem and reduce the risk to all who travel this way. “In the meantime, I urge all motorists to exercise even more caution on this section of the Highway and drive to the condition of the road. “The life you save may be your own or the lives of your family and friends,” Mr Windsor said.