Niche Environment and Heritage, in association with Bowditch Group and Hills Environmental, has been awarded an 8 year contract for environmental services to Roads and Maritime Services for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between the Oxley Highway at Port Macquarie and Eungai.
The project consists of two sections – Oxley Highway to Kempsey (37.8km of four-lane dual carriageway) and Frederickton to Eungai (26.5km of two lane dual carriageway) and includes a bypass of Telegraph Point, five interchanges and an overpass at Bill Hill Road. In addition there will be several new bridge structures for river, railway and creek crossings. The project has a broad range of environmental challenges.
As lead environmental consultants for the OH2K and F2E projects, the Niche team will be bringing together an expert team of 12 specialist environmental and engineering consultancies. Niche, headed by Dr Rhidian Harrington, was appointed as the ecologist for the recently completed Hunter Expressway and has decades of experience in managing the ecological and wider environmental components of major road projects.
Niche will bring their experience in road projects to deliver components covering water quality, air quality, soils, noise and vibration, acoustic treatment, traffic management, agriculture, an archaeological excavation and ecological monitoring of threatened species, nest boxes, underpasses and overpasses.
The upgrade project is expected to be completed in 2017 and will improve highway safety, reduce travel times and improve local access.
Rhidian Harrington, Niche Director and Ecologist
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