Georgiou Group has been awarded the construction contract for the final stage of Pimlico and Teven section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
Works to deliver the final stages of the 155 km Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade is set to ramp up. The stage 3 construction contract to build between Pimlico and Teven was awarded today to Georgiou Group. Georgiou has secured the tender over some stiff competition including CPB Contractors, CMC Group and Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture.
CPB undertook earlier road works in the region on the Ballina Bypass circa 2007-2012 and experienced significant challenges with everything from persistent torrential rain, rare tusked frogs and professional protesting hippies from Byron Bay. CMC have also more recently undertaken sections of road works in the region last year. One would be forgiven for wondering if CPB and CMC knew something about the area that Georgiou did not.
Either way, Georgiou are an extremely competent road builder and are no stranger to a challenging project. Their CV includes complex infrastructure projects covering inner city metro roadworks to the most remote regions in WA. Georgiou are also a regular user of the iSeekplant platform and used our system heavily during the tender stage. So we are rooting for them the whole way!
The Pimlico to Teven upgrade is being delivered in three stages. Stage 1 was completed by the Ballina Bypass Alliance. It involved soft soil treatment of a 350m section of the Pacific Highway southbound, near the intersection with Pimlico Road. Stage 2 was awarded to CPB Contractors and involved constructing over 4km of carriageway and two bridges. The third and final stage will make a safer, four-lane divided highway with a constant 110 km/h speed limit between the Ballina bypass and the Coolgardie to Richmond River section.
Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan and New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey outlined stage 3 of the works to be completed by Georgiou will include:
- Replacing two Pacific Highway bridges over Duck and Emigrant Creeks.
- Upgrading 1.8km of the highway's southbound lanes (from 300m south of Pimlico Road to 700m south of the Teven interchange).
- Soft soil work ensuring the road surface will not sink and crack in the future.
- Pimlico Road will be moved slightly to the east, creating a new permanent intersection with the Pacific Highway.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester said the Pacific Highway upgrade is "Australia's largest regional infrastructure project, with about 1,000 people currently working on this section." The Pimlico and Teven section of works is part of the $4.36 billion Pacific Highway upgrade jointly funded by the New South Wales and federal governments.
Currently, work is being carried out on 104km of the overall Woolgoolga to Ballina section, with the remaining 51km expected to start by mid-2017.
Major works on the Pimlico and Teven stage will kick off in the coming weeks. The entire Pacific Highway project is expected to open to traffic by 2020.
To keep up to date on the progress of the Pacific Highway upgrade – watch this space.