Downer and Seymour Whyte have been announced as the contractors awarded the $450 million contract for the construction of New South Wales Princes Highway Upgrade between Berry and Bomaderry.
Work on the 10.5 kilometre project is expected to begin in mid-2018, with an expected completion date flagged for late 2022.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward has spoken about the significance of this project for the community, stating “The Berry to Bomaderry Princes Highway upgrade has been in the planning for many years, so this is a great day for the community,”
“It will improve journeys for locals, tourists and also freight operators by providing four lanes of new divided road between Mullers Lane at Berry and Cambewarra Road at Bomaderry.
“This highway upgrade will continue on from the highway upgrades to the north between Gerringong and Berry.”
Fulton Hogan built the first stage of the project and many had tipped them to receive this contract as well given they already had workers on site.
Mr Ward also spoke about the decision to award the contract to the Downer - Seymour Whyte JV,
"Obviously we have to assess each and every contract on its merits,”
“That’s been done independently and they’ve been successful in their bid. I look forward to working with them.”
At 10.5 kilometres this section of the upgrade is three kilometres longer than the Gerringong stage and two kilometres shorter than the Foxground and Berry Bypass.
“Gerringong and Berry were by far the most difficult,” Mr Ward said.
“Berry probably more so, because of the amount of fill and excavation work that needed to be done.
“Gerringong [was difficult] from a flooding perspective with the number of bridges.
“This is probably the easiest of the three and I’m pleased we’re investing in it.”
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