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MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

PACIFIC HIGHWAY COOPERNOOK TO HERONS CREEK OPEN

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese today opened the final section of the Pacific Highway duplication between Coopernook and Herons Creek with NSW Minister for Roads, David Borger.

“This $580 million dual carriageway is the longest single upgrade project on the Pacific Highway to date,” Anthony Albanese said.

“By opening the final section today, we will have delivered about 163 kilometres of continuous four lane divided road between Bulahdelah and Port Macquarie.

“This is about improving safety and cutting travel times for motorists, residents and their families, and trucks and heavy vehicles.

“This upgrade project supported close to 600 direct jobs during construction and delivered a boost to the local economy.

“With work on the Bulahdelah bypass now underway, we are on track to see dual carriageway from Sydney to Port Macquarie by 2014.

“The Coopernook to Herons Creek upgrade is part of the Federal Labor Government’s $3.1 billion Pacific Highway upgrade over six years and is supported by $500 million from the NSW Government - one of the largest infrastructure

projects undertaken in the state.

“In contrast with the former Coalition Government’s $1.3 billion for the highway during more than 11 years in office, the Gillard Labor Government is investing more than twice that funding in half the time.”

David Borger said: “The project is great news for the thousands of vehicles that use the Pacific Highway every day.

“This Coopernook to Herons Creek upgrade will improve safety and reduce travel times on the Pacific Highway.

“In March 2010, the NSW Government committed $10 million for planning of the Woolgoolga and Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

“It means that for the first time, every section of the remaining single carriageway highway is either undergoing construction or moving towards final planning.”

The 33 kilometre Coopernook to Herons Creek project has been progressively opened to dual carriageway and included:

• The 5.5 kilometre western bypass of Moorland. • The 10.5 kilometre western bypass of Johns River. • The 9.5 kilometre eastern bypass of Kew. • A remaining eight kilometres of four lane divided road. • New twin bridges at Moorland railway bridge and Stony Creek. • Duplication of existing bridges at Two Mile Creek, Stewarts River, Ross Glen

railway bridge, Camden Haven River and Herons Creek. • New bridges over the upgrade at Forest Road, Moorland, Stewarts River Road, Johns River and Ocean Drive, Kew. • Truck lay bys, service roads for local access and cross-carriageway

accesses. • Urban design and landscaping along the length of the new highway. • Traffic noise reduction measures and animal crossings.

The final touches on the project between Coopernook to Herons Creek will be ongoing over the next month; including line marking adjustments and completion of crossovers and asphalting works.

For more information on the project visit www.pacifichighwayupgrade.com.au or phone toll free 1800 653 092.

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