A large section of roadworks on the Pacific Highway is complete and today the 36 kilometre Glenugie to Tyndale section of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade is open.
This section of highway between Glenugie and Tyndale is the longest opened to date, connecting to the 12 kilometres recently opened between Tyndale and Maclean to the north and the 26-kilometre section between Woolgoolga and Glenugie to the south.
The new section features 60 bridges, including nine local road overpasses which provide safe and convenient access across the motorway.
Rest areas at Pine Brush
There are also new rest areas both northbound and southbound at Pine Brush providing toilets, shade and seating as well as parking for heavy and light vehicles.
The bypassed section of the existing Pacific Highway between Glenugie and Tyndale has been renamed Big River Way, with traffic volumes set to be reduced significantly now this section of the new motorway is about to open.
Electronic message signs will provide way-finding information and motorists should be aware of traffic management and reduced speed limits while work continues to build the upgrade.
Anyone travelling in the area is encouraged to access Live Traffic and plan ahead to avoid any potential delays.
The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the $4.945 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina project as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
Oh Joy ,Oh Joy ,
A four-lane super-highway has just sliced the heart of THE last relatively intact stretch of the original coastal environment in NSW. Apart from the usual, critically endangered Koalas, greater gliders and a hoast of coastal species found nowhere else on the planet , this area boasted the last of the coastal Emu population,now destined to nothing more than short-lived hood-ornaments on the despicable,inherently dangerous and totally unnecessary B-Doubles.
I guess that is what serves as progress ! Cheers, G”)
Don’t let a few true facts stand in the way of your rants …. koalas are found from North Qld to the West of West Australia ( one of the largest distribution of any land creatures on the planet) …. similar to the others critters mentioned …. without economic saving projects like the new upgraded and safe motorway there would be less money generated to pay taxes to subsidies your life style and so forth …
You must be fun at parties Ken! Maybe we should all be using Horse and Carts! Bet you’d be the first to complain too if something you urgently needed wasn’t available. Those “unnecessary” B-Doubles keep people feed and drive economic growth. Faster transport between capital cities, airports and ports is what drives society. Look what roads did for the Romans! Anyways… enjoy your internet, electricity and other utility free existence.
Aww shucks Mike and Tim,
I didn’t realise I was shattering your illusions / delusions, and I promise to be more entertaining at parties if that is what”floats your boat”, it’s just that I’m becoming overwhelmed by SO much prosperity and progress.
Now that the Great Barrier Reef is now not so “Great”, the Mighty Murray Darling has been reduced to a trickle of toxic sludge ( and even that is being stolen, by those committed to production at any cost ) we can boast the greatest rate of species extinction on the planet and the highest and increasing rate of forest destruction …..all in the name of increasing prosperity. With all these “economic saving projects “and faster and better B-Doubles, we must all be set for a life of plenty, and our kids will be able to buy another Planet, where the temperature doesn’t excede 50deg. C and the cities and airports aren’t infested with killer viruses and refugees fleeing the latest prosperity induced catastrophy.
I do hope that is jovial enough to keep your minds off worrying about what we are commiting !
Just thought i would point out the new highway will greatly reduce wildlife loss. I live next to the old pacific highway which has no measures to prevent animals from being hit on the road and i would say that probably one animal is killed every week on average just on the 500m stretch of highway outside our house. The new highway bypass has millions of dollars worth of fencing to try to protect the animals and the reduced traffic on the old highway should also lead to less roadkill.
USA had such roads 50 years ago … Wildlife impact (quite literally) would be minimal … most people don’t run down wild life intentionally
Geez Ken, I bet life was better in the old days on the road when 1300 people died per annum in NSW. Yeah, they were the days, get rid of those nasty inhabitants who dared drive a car past a wildlife habitat. I bet you relished the times before electricity, motor vehicles, sewerage and pizza. Come to think of it, computer use is another nasty of the modern era.
Once again we get people like Ken.if it’s progress then it must be bad.I my-self would be called an “Old Geezer”and roads and motor cars have made the difference in travel in this BIG country,my first car had a lighted handle that came out when I wanted to turn left or right,(each side door front) and the roads were similar,single lane each way,my car had never heard of tubeless tyres,AB brakes,Halogen headlights,air bags,seat belts or the many internal impliments such as radio/cassette player and now blue tooth.all of these made the motor car safer along with better roadway systems we have lowered the death toll dramatically.I may add you will never see an 80 plus year old man wrapped around a telegraph pole or gum tree because we drive to the condition of the improving roadway systems and yes Ken,they will get better.