The construction of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale highway duplication is running on schedule and should be completed by the end of next year, according to the latest Pacific Highway Report Card, issued yesterday.
The joint media statement from federal roads minister Anthony Albanese and state roads and ports minister Duncan Gay, who don’t often see eye to eye, reported that all of the current ‘number one’ priorities were running on time.
These include a total 73 kilometres under construction: Bulahdelah Bypass; Herons Creek to Stills Road; Kempsey Bypass; Sapphire to Woolgoolga; Devils Pulpit and Tintenbar to Ewingsdale.
The Environmental Impact Statement for the 155 kilometre section between Woolgoolga and Ballina has been placed on display for community comment.
And a further five projects, covering a total distance of approximately 100 kilometres, are being prepared for the start of construction: Oxley Highway to Kundabung; Kundabung to Kempsey; Frederickton to Eungai; Warrell Creek to Nambucca; and Nambucca to Urunga.
The ministers said that, in total, 346 kilometres of the highway – or about 52 per cent – had been upgraded to ‘motorway standard’ and duplicated following the completion of work on the Ballina Bypass as well as the upgrades at Glenugie and Banora Point.