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Abigroup starts major construction work on western section of the Hunter Expressway

21 April 2011

Abigroup has begun major construction work on the western section of the Hunter Expressway.

The start of work was marked with a site inspection on 20 April carried out by Barry O’Farrell, the Premier of NSW, Anthony Albanese, the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and Duncan Gay, the NSW Minister for Roads and Ports.

Abigroup’s Hunter Expressway Project Director Cameron Silverthorne said, “We’re delighted to be able to start major construction work on our section of the Hunter Expressway.

“This landmark project is of great importance to the future growth of the Hunter Region: reducing travel time and congestion and creating many local employment opportunities.”

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell

L to R: Premier O'Farrell, Abigroup Project Director Cameron Silverthorne and NSW Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, Anthony Albanese on the site inspection

The Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW 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 will now start removing vegetation along the entire length of the project, constructing temporary access roads, sedimentation basins and other environmental controls, erecting fencing and relocating existing utilities. 

The work includes approximately three million cubic metres of earthworks, the treatment of two mine subsidence areas and will provide employment for over 600 people.

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013 and 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.

L to R: Peter Bishton (RTA Resident Engineer), Jim Peachman (RTA Hunter Regional Manager), Peter Walton (Abigroup GM Major Projects & Technical Group), Minister Anthony Albanese, Cameron Silverthorne, Tony Grant (RTA Acting PM) & Dusko Bajic (Abigroup Hunter Region Manager)

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