York Civil is pleased to announce the opening of the first 10 kilometres of the Pacific Highway Upgrade: Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek, constructed in joint venture. The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Project involves the upgrade of 155km of the highway to a four-lane dual carriageway, which will act as a single connector road between Sydney and Brisbane, and is one of the most extensive road infrastructure projects ever to be delivered in the state of New South Wales.

Aside from reductions in travel times, the upgrade is expected to drastically reduce road accidents for those who commute between towns along the NSW coast. This is partly due to the inclusion of numerous driver rest areas and review points, described by Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull as ”life changing, life saving”. The new highway will consist of four lanes, thus easing congestion through all major towns and heavily populated areas along the coast.

The York Civil segment of the Project comprised a new 14.7 km section of dual carriageway between the towns of Woolgoolga and Halfway Creek on the New South Wales north coast. With contract award, construction on the $234 million project began in December 2014, and we were very proud to open the first 10km to road users on Tuesday, 24 October 2017.

The project saw our team self-perform much of the works, which involved:

  • 5 million cubic metres of cut to fill including a 48m cut.
  • Extensive concrete pavement works for which York Civil obtained K2 prequalified to aid delivery.
  • Large drainage and fauna crossing structures, as well as environmental treatments.
  • Construction of 11 bridges, completed ahead of schedule, including two significant bridges over the Corindi floodplain and overpass structures for local access at Kangaroo Trail Road and Sherwood Creek Road.

Our team is committed to maintaining a high standard of environmental care and all ground personnel received environmental awareness training, particularly in the spotting and protection of fauna within the construction zone. Opportunities for local industry, Aboriginal and young people were also maximised with 47 Aboriginal subcontractors and three Aboriginal trainees engaged to undertake a Certificate IV in Construction, along with numerous local subcontractors and suppliers.

At the opening, attended by York Civil’s Group Managing Director Ian Tarbotton and National Operations Manager Simon Green, the hazard signs were lifted by Roads and Maritime Services CEO Ken Kanofski. Other significant attendees included Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Andrew Constance, Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser, and Clarence Valley MP Chris Gulaptis.

Minister Pavey explained that the 10 kilometre stretch saw “the second biggest cutting” of the entire Pacific Highway upgrade and required the moving of “two million cubic meters of soil to get the job done.”

The last four kilometres of the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek section are scheduled to be opened to the public in the coming months.