All systems go for upgrade

AFTER months of planning, design work and preconstruction activity, three MPs got together yesterday to hit the "go" button on a multi- million upgrade of the Pacific Highway at Devils Pulpit (near Tabbimoble).

Page MP Janelle Saffin, representing Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay were joined onsite by Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis and workers from John Holland, the company awarded the contract for the seven-kilometre upgrade.

Ms Saffin said that when completed in 2013 the Devils Pulpit upgrade would deliver safer, smoother driving conditions for the 8000 motorists and truck drivers who use this section of the highway every day.

"The project will also provide local residents with better access to their properties, install animal crossings and lay better drainage to lessen the likelihood of this section becoming inundated and dangerous during heavy downpours," she said.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the upgrade of the Pacific Highway had long been a priority for the NSW Coalition.

"It's great to be here today to mark the start of work on yet another section," Mr Gay said.

Mr Gulaptis said the community would welcome the news major works were now under way and that the entire project was on track to be completed in less than two years.

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