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Boral to supply 280 kilotonnes of asphalt to bypass

Boral has commenced work on the Coffs Harbour bypass project

Boral Limited has been engaged on a massive flexible pavement project in NSW – the Coffs Harbour bypass – which will see the construction materials company supply, deliver and lay 280 kilotonnes of asphalt on the $2.2 billion infrastructure project.

Flexible pavement, comprising multiple layers of material that allows for traffic load to be distributed and ‘bend’ the asphalt, creates more durability. Initial activity has commenced, with Boral set to start the majority of asphalt work mid-year.

The Australian and NSW governments are funding the Coffs Harbour bypass project, which includes the construction of three tunnels, 12km of new road and about 2km of upgraded highway. It is set to be open to traffic in late 2026 and completed by 2027.

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While roads in NSW have traditionally used rigid concrete, Boral will deliver flexible pavement using EME asphalt, an Australian-developed, French product first pioneered by Boral nearly a decade ago. EME enables a thinner layer of the ultra-hard, high-flexing-resistant asphalt to be used, making it a more sustainable product. It also has five-to-10 times the lifespan of using regular asphalt.

“We are pleased to be involved in the delivery of the Coffs Harbour bypass, a significant infrastructure project that will better connect our major cities and ease congestion in the area,” Boral executive general manager, asphalt Tim Richards.

“At Boral, we are committed to supporting regional growth and creating more employment opportunities for local residents.

“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 is a joint venture between global engineering, property and infrastructure company Gamuda Australia and leading engineering and construction company Ferrovial, which will deliver the major package of work. Boral has been engaged as part of this.

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