Highway upgrade one step closer as service road opens

Aerial view of part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Photo RMS

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (Naitonals) said a new service road opening on Thursday will give traffic a safe and efficient bypass of the Pacific Highway upgrade works between Woodburn and Broadwater for the next two years.

‘This is a significant day for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway, as moving traffic onto this service road will allow work to continue on the new highway. Separating traffic will help minimise the impact of work and improve safety for workers and highway motorists,’ Mr Hogan said.

‘The opening of the 3.5 kilometre service road represents a year’s worth of work and is a significant milestone for the overall upgrade, which is progressing well towards its planned 2020 completion,’ Mr Hogan said.

State MP for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis (Nationals), said the service road would remain as a local road between Woodburn and Broadwater following the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

‘The new road will better connect locals in the area when the main upgrade opens to traffic in 2020,’ Mr Gulaptis said.

Fauna crossings

‘The service road also considers local wildlife, with six fauna crossings providing safe passage underneath the highway.

‘This is a key wildlife corridor, so six fauna crossings which support the migration and colonisation of native wildlife have been included in the design,’ Mr Gulaptis said.


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