Tenders open for Bolivia Hill realignment

Darren Chester joins Barnaby Joyce to inspect Bolivia Hill, near Tenterfield. Tenders are now open for construction of the highway realignment.
Darren Chester joins Barnaby Joyce to inspect Bolivia Hill, near Tenterfield. Tenders are now open for construction of the highway realignment.

Tenders have now been called to deliver the Bolivia Hill realignment project, with anyone interested in being involved required to attend a pre-tender meeting at 9am on Wednesday, September 27 at the Tenterfield Golf Club. The meeting includes a site inspection.

Roads and Maritime Services advises there are no restrictions on who may tender, but they will normally be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills, resources, experience, financial capacity, licences, accreditations, etc to fulfil the tender requirements.

The contract is for the construction of roadworks, bridgeworks and associated activities for the upgrade of approximately two kilometres of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill, primarily to improve road safety. The project includes construction of a 320 metre long bridge, and to straighten out bends in the steepest section of the highway.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrade, which is expected to cost around $80 million, would deliver significant road safety improvements between Glen Innes and Tenterfield.

“This section of the New England Highway has seen a number of crashes over the past decade, which is why the Australian and NSW governments are working together to make this stretch of road safer and more efficient,” Mr Chester said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce welcomed the next stage of the project and said any investment in the New England Highway was an investment in local businesses, farming operations and communities.

“The highway is an important freight and commuter corridor between Sydney and Brisbane, and a critical part of keeping our regional and national economies powering on,” Mr Joyce said.

NSW Member for Lismore Thomas George said it is exciting to see the Bolivia Hill upgrade moving closer to reality.

“When complete, I am sure the highway will fully match the community’s expectations,” he said.

Work on the upgrade is expected to start in early 2018 and take about two years to complete.