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Hunter Expressway: progress update.



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MEDIA RELEASE

THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MEMBER FOR HUNTER

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22 July 2010

HUNTER EXPRESSWAY - PROGRESS UPDATE

Early work on the Hunter Expressway continues and clearing for utility adjustments is scheduled to start the week of Monday 26 July at locations along the length of the project.

“This clearing work will take place at Buchanan, Kurri Kurri and Branxton and will enable around 30 power poles to be moved in preparation for the start of building for the Hunter Expressway,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“Major work is scheduled to start shortly on the eastern section of the project.”

“The Hunter Expressway project will be managed by the RTA and be built under two contracts, with the eastern section (F3 Freeway to Kurri Kurri) to be built under an alliance contract and the western section (Kurri Kurri to Branxton) under a design and construct contract.”

“The $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway will provide around 40 kilometres of four-lane divided road between the F3 Freeway at Seahampton and the New England Highway, west of Branxton.”

“The Federal Government will invest $1.5 billion for the project and the NSW Government a further $200 million.”

The private sector consortium Thiess Pty Ltd, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Hyder Consulting was selected to partner with the RTA to build the 14 kilometre eastern section of the Hunter Expressway.

The RTA is assessing the bids received for the western section. Following detailed assessment the design and construct contract will be awarded in the second half of 2010.

“People seeking information about the project can call the toll-free information line on 1800 001 267.”

“Information about the project is also available on the RTA’s website at www.rta.nsw.gov.au. Inquiries can also be sent via email to

hunter_expressway@rta.nsw.gov.au,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

Media Contact: Christine Boyd 0488 654 527