Tenders for the Woolgoolga to Glenugie section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade have been called for.
Tenders for the Woolgoolga to Glenugie section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade have been called for. Trevor Veale

Next stage of Pacific Hwy upgrade takes a big step

AN INVITATION has been issued to lodge tenders to build the 26km section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade between Woolgoolga and Glenugie.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said detailed design work was completed for this section last year.

"This stretch of highway is part of the larger 155km Woolgoolga to Ballina project," Mr Truss said.

"It's expected to provide about 2,500 direct jobs and 6,500 indirect jobs in the wider community."

With the stretch of the upgrade entirely within his electorate, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker has welcomed the announcement from the Nationals' leader.

"The request for tenders to build the Woolgoolga to Glenugie upgrade is another important step in getting the entire Pacific Highway duplicated by 2020," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"Last week the Environment Minister gave the necessary approvals for the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade to go ahead, and I am pleased to see the NSW and Federal Governments moving so quickly to get this first stage up and running.

"This project will further reduce travel times between Coffs Harbour and Grafton and improve safety outcomes, building on the benefits gained by the completion of Sapphire to Woolgoolga."

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the Australian and NSW governments were jointly funding early works and planning.

"Industry leaders attended a briefing on Wednesday 6 August to discuss an innovative delivery model which will partner business with government to deliver the Woolgoolga to Ballina section," Mr Gay said.

"The delivery partner will have design, building and management expertise and oversee the project in collaboration with Roads and Maritime Services."