Soft soil work starts on Pacific Highway

SOFT soil work has started on two sections of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said almost 400 kilometres of the Pacific Highway has now been duplicated between Hexham and the Queensland border.

"The Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade will see the completion of these works and a boost to road safety by reducing accidents and travel times," Mr Truss said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said businesses will be invited to tender for early soft soil works on 1.4 kilometre section of the highway south of Woodburn.

"Preparing the foundation will allow the road base to settle before concrete paving is carried out, reducing the overall time and cost of the project and ensuring a duplicated highway is open to traffic by 2020," Mr Gay said. Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the soft soil work is being managed by Roads and Maritime Services and delivery partner Pacific Complete to ensure major work on the vital duplication project can progress.

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