The contract to build 75 bridges on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade has been awarded; it will create some 90 new jobs over the course of the project.
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The contract has been awarded to Advanced Foundation Solutions (Australia) Pty Ltd, and it will deliver more than 1100 piles for bridges being built between Glenugie and Ballina.

"Fifteen bridges have already been built as part of the Woolgoolga to Glenugie section of the upgrade, which is expected to open to traffic late this year. The award of the contract for piling involved engaging industry early in the process to help refine the final design and planning of the work which has helped achieve best value for money for the project," NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavel said.

"It can take several days to complete one pile depending on its length and size. They can vary in length depending on the ground conditions and are driven or bored into the ground using a combination of cranes, piling rigs and vibrating hammers," NSW Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis added.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan welcomed the most recent jobs boost and said it would help support the region's economy through a challenging time.

"Building a safer Pacific Highway and supporting local jobs is absolutely critical, now more than ever. Keeping money flowing through the region's economy is vital and the pipeline of works will continue, with a number of bridge-building and main civil work contracts to be progressively awarded over the coming months," Hogan said.

Work on the Pacific Highway will ramp up later this year and all up, some 4000 workers are expected to be directly employed on the project.