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Boral commences work on Coffs Harbour bypass project

Boral commences work on Coffs Harbour bypass project

Boral has been engaged on a large-scale flexible pavement project, the $2.2 billion Coffs Harbour bypass in New South Wales, to deliver and install 280 kilotonnes of asphalt.

Flexible pavement, characterised by multiple layers of material that allow for the distribution of traffic load and flexibility in the asphalt, enhances durability. For the Coffs Harbour bypass project, Boral will employ EME asphalt, an Australian-developed, French product initially introduced by Boral almost a decade ago. EME asphalt enables a thinner layer of the ultra-hard, high-flexing-resistant asphalt to be used, contributing to a more sustainable product with a lifespan five to ten times longer than regular asphalt.

The local Boral team, supported by surrounding regional resources, will execute this package of work. To date, initial planning activities have been conducted by Boral, with the majority of the work expected to commence in June 2024.

Tim Richards, executive general manager, asphalt at Boral, expressed enthusiasm for the company’s involvement in this crucial infrastructure project, highlighting its positive impact on city connectivity and congestion alleviation.

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“At Boral, we are committed to supporting regional growth and creating more employment opportunities for local residents,” said Richards. “We have a proven track-record in delivering large-scale projects and being an innovative company; the flexible pavement design with EME asphalt mix being just one example.”

“We are excited to be working with Transport for NSW, and proud to deliver one of the largest flexible pavement projects in the state.”

The Coffs Harbour bypass project is funded by the Australian and NSW Governments, aiming to stimulate the regional economy while enhancing connectivity, road efficiency and safety for motorists. The project includes the construction of three tunnels, 12 kilometres of new road and approximately two kilometres of upgraded highway. Expected to be open to traffic in late 2026 and fully completed by 2027, the bypass will serve as a vital link in Australia’s infrastructure, connecting Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

The Coffs Harbour bypass project is a joint venture between Gamuda Australia and Ferrovial, with Boral playing a key role in the delivery of the major package of work.

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