Preferred Contractor Named for Richmond River Bridge.

Richmond River Bridge

Lendlease has been announced as the preferred contractor for the Richmond River Bridge construction contract in New South Wales.

Lendlease has been named as the preferred contractor to design and construct a new 1 km long bridge on Pacific Highway over Richmond River in New South Wales. The Richmond River Bridge is part of the 155 km Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade known as section 10 – between Broadwater and Coolgardie. The bridge will be approximately 1,000m long with a 15m vertical clearance above the Richmond River.

The Richmond River Bridge will be the second of two major crossings on this section of the Pacific Highway Upgrade, the other being the Clarence River bridge at Harwood. Lendlease managed to secure the winning tender over several other major competitors vying for the contract including CPB Contractors, Fulton Hogan, John Holland, Seymour Whyte, WBHO Infrastructure and more. Managing Director of Lendlease, Craig Laslett commented on winning the contract.

"We look forward to working with Roads and Maritime Services to make the Pacific Highway safer, more efficient and support regional development. Since the completion of the Tweed Heads Bypass in 1991, Lendlease has been involved with upgrading about 262 kilometres of the Pacific Highway. This work includes the Macleay River Bridge, as well as the major bridges currently being delivered over the Hastings and Wilson Rivers, between the Oxley Highway at Port Macquarie and Kundabung,” he said.

“In delivering this project, we will apply our industry-leading bridge building capability together with the expertise and local knowledge of our pre-cast manufacturing facility in Macksville.”


Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the progress made on the bridges was a sign of the momentum in the Woolgoolga to Ballina section.

"Between Woolgoolga and Ballina, work is now underway on 104 kilometres of the upgrade, with the remaining 51 kilometres in planning. Work is well advanced between Woolgoolga and Glenugie, with this 26-kilometre section of the upgrade on track to progressively open to traffic in 2017, weather permitting,” Mr Hogan said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the upgrade was Australia’s largest regional infrastructure project.

"This upgrade of the existing highway from Woolgoolga to Ballina to a four-lane divided road will be the final link in the duplication of the Pacific Highway by 2020, and this section remains a hive of activity. Soft soil works, which are being carried out before major work begins, are continuing at a number of locations along the length of the upgrade, including around Maclean and Woodburn,” Mrs Pavey said.

Bridge construction will kick off in April this year and is due to wrap up in 2019.

The wider Woolgoolga to Ballina works involves upgrading the existing highway to a four-lane divided road, with the full duplication of the Pacific Highway on track to wrap up by 2020. The New South Wales and Australian Federal governments are jointly funding the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on a 20:80 basis.

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Sources: Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, NSW Government, Roads Online, Roads and Maritime Services.

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