Coffs Harbour Bypass construct contract awarded

Two companies will work together to finish the Pacific Highway upgrade

Coffs Harbour Bypass construct contract awarded
The design for the upgrades include building three new tunnels

The New South Wales and federal governments have announced the recipient of the construction contract for the Coffs Harbour Bypass in the next stage of the project.

Ferrovial Gamuda Joint Venture will design and construct the new $2.2 billion bypass, with construction to begin early next year.

The Coffs Harbour Bypass project will upgrade around 14 kilometres of the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour, starting from south of Englands Road roundabout and finishing at the southern end of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga project.

The upgrade includes delivering four lanes of divided motorway bypassing the Coffs Harbour CBD, meaning thousands of vehicles will be removed from the centre of town and saving motorists and truck drivers time by avoiding up to 12 sets of lights.

Ferrovial and Gamuda have been awarded a $1.35 billion design contract that includes building three tunnels approximately one kilometre in length through ridges at Roberts Hill, Shephards Lane and Gatelys Road.

Federal transport minister Catherine King says: "This project will deliver a safer, faster commute to locals as well as boosting flood resilience."

"By getting thousands of vehicles out of the middle of the CBD it will give that part of Coffs Harbour back to the local community."

NSW deputy premier Paul Toole says the landmark day for the project will result in a massive infrastructure project that’ll benefit the transport industry.

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"The project will be delivered using a single design and construct contract to ensure innovation, efficiency and value for money in bringing the plan for this bypass to life," Toole says.

"We know how important the three tunnels are to the community’s vision for their bypass – and under the planning approvals now in place, they can be assured that’s exactly what they will get."

Both Ferrovial and Gamuda were excited to be working collectively to deliver the project.

"We are thrilled to once again partner with government and deliver the final piece of the Pacific Highway upgrade program on the Mid North Coast," Ferrovial managing director Enrique Blanco says.

Gamuda executive director Ewan Yee says: "This is an exciting project for Gamuda to be part of."

"The joint venture is focused on combining engineering smarts, environmental and sustainability innovation to ensure a positive legacy far beyond construction."

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