Trucks and drivers needed for Pacific Highway upgrade
THE 155 kilometre-long Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade has generated an unprecedented demand for drivers with trucks.
A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the project team is searching for more drivers and their trucks to meet this demand, with the upgrade currently in peak production.
"It takes people to build a road but it also takes a lot of trucks," the spokesperson said.
"A number of contractors and suppliers for Woolgoolga to Ballina are looking for more truck and dogs as well as tipper trucks to continue to move thousands of tonnes of material for earthwork, along with aggregates for concrete and asphalt paving.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for drivers who own their own trucks, are interested in living and working on the north coast of NSW, and want to be part of Australia's largest regional infrastructure project - the Pacific Highway upgrade.
"About 66 per cent of the 14.9 million cubic metres of earthwork required to build the road is complete but that means there is still significant work to be done.
"The project will also require aggregates (sand, gravel and crushed stone) to be delivered to make more than 750,000 cubic metres of concrete for road paving - enough to fill more than 300 Olympic swimming pools.
"In addition, more than 240,000 tonnes of asphalt will be manufactured and delivered for the upgrade.
"Drivers are required to hold a current heavy vehicle licence and a construction industry white card and trucks will need to be fit for this work and be licensed and roadworthy.
"The trucks will also need to be fitted with an In Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS), but drivers can discuss this requirement further with individual contractors and suppliers."
Opportunities are available now and interested drivers are encouraged to contact the project team for more information by calling 1800 778 900 or emailing their details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on an 80:20 basis. The upgrade will open to traffic in 2020, weather permitting.