Local MP tours Hunter Expressway
28 February 2011
Federal Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon visited the western section of the Hunter Expressway last Friday, 25 February, to inspect early works by Abigroup.
The Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW (RTA) awarded the design and construct contract to Abigroup in October 2010. The work involves the building of 27km of four lane divided highway between Kurri Kurri and Branxton, 22 bridges and four grade separated interchanges.
Abigroup’s Project Director Cameron Silverthorne said, “The Hunter Expressway project is generating a lot of interest in the community and we’re delighted to show the local MP the preliminary work we’ve done so far.
“This will be a landmark project for the Hunter region. The project will reduce travel time and congestion and will create many local employment opportunities.”
Abigroup Project Director Cameron Silverthorne (at right) shakes hands with The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon
The Abigroup Hunter Expressway project team
Abigroup’s initial work on the western section of the Hunter Expressway involves constructing sedimentation basins and other environmental controls, erecting fencing, locating existing utilities and geotechnical investigations. The work includes approximately 3 million cubic metres of earthworks, the construction of 22 bridges, the treatment of two mine subsidence areas and will provide employment for over 600 people.
Major construction work is due to commence in March 2011 with completion 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 last year the company opened a new office in Beresfield.