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Hunter Expressway contract signed

29 October 2010

Abigroup and the RTA signed the contract for design and construction of the western section of the Hunter Expressway at a ceremony in the RTA's North Sydney office on Friday 29 October.

The contract involves the building of 27km of four lane divided highway between Kurri Kurri and Branxton, 22 bridges and 4 grade separated interchanges.

“This is a great day for Abigroup, and continues our association with freeway construction in the Hunter,” said Abigroup’s MD David Jurd.

“We’re looking forward to starting work on what will be a landmark project for the Hunter region. The project will reduce travel time and congestion and will create many local employment opportunities.”

L to R: John Kirkwood (Abigroup National Operations Director). David Jurd (Abigroup MD), Ken Holmes (KMH Enviornmental), Mike Veysey (RTA Director Network Services), Geoff Fogarty (RTA Director Infrastructure Services), Peter Wellings (RTA GM Infrastructure Contracts)

L to R Back row: Michael Batchelor, Sergio Capelli, Peter Carson, Bob Handley, Michael Shirley, Neil Evans, Irene Wales, Mark Palmer, Katharine Lee, Matthew Janssen, Cameron Silverthorne, Mark Beattie, Hudson Bawsen
Front row: John Kirkwood, David Jurd, Ken Holmes, Mike Veysey, Geoff Fogarty, Peter Wellings

The work includes approximately 3 million cubic metres of earthworks, the treatment of 2 mine subsidence areas and will provide employment for over 600 people. The RTA is working with Abigroup to complete the design work, with construction due to commence in early 2011. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2013.

Once complete it will form part of the new $1.7 billion 40km Hunter Expressway linking the F3 Freeway at Seahampton to the New England Highway, west of Branxton.

Abigroup has a long history of delivering a range of diverse projects in the Hunter region and earlier this year the company opened a new office in Beresfield.

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