Ballina Bypass will open next week

23 November 2011

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) today confirmed stage two of the Ballina bypass Pacific Highway upgrade will open on Tuesday 29 November.

“Stage two will now be ready to open to traffic next Tuesday, weather permitting,” an RMS spokesperson said.

“This section of the upgrade, which runs from the Teven Road interchange to Cumbalum, includes the actual bypass of the township.

“The opening date has been bought forward slightly because this is the date the road will be ready to open to traffic and there is no reason to make the Ballina community wait to enjoy all the safety and reduced noise benefits of a township free of Pacific Highway through traffic.

“The opening also means the tens of thousands of motorists from across NSW who travel along the highway will experience faster, safer and smoother journeys.”

The opening of section two comes after completion of the first stage of the upgrade, from Cumbalum to Ross Lane, in March and the opening of the Teven Road roundabout in May.

“The final stage of the Ballina bypass upgrade, which includes a new connection to the Bruxner Highway, will be completed in early 2012, weather permitting,” the spokesperson said.

A community day is being held to celebrate the completion of this significant section of the highway on Sunday 27 November.

“We’re encouraging everyone to come along and join the celebration,” the spokesperson said.

“Jumping castles, a petting zoo, face painting and roving entertainers will help make it a great family day out, so bring the kids.

“There’ll be plenty of fun for adults as well, with live entertainment, food and market stalls and displays to learn more about the new road.

“Bus tours of the upgrade will also be held throughout the day and will give everyone a chance to take a closer look at the upgraded highway before it opens to traffic.

“We’ve also confirmed Santa Claus will take time out from his busy schedule preparing for Christmas and will be at the community day.”

The community day is free to attend and will be held between 9am and 2pm at the Teven Road bridges.

Parking on site will be very limited. Free shuttle buses will pick up anyone attending the community day from various locations around Ballina every 15 minutes. A map with shuttle bus pick up points is available on the project website.

The $640 million Ballina bypass is jointly funded by the Federal and NSW governments.

For more information about the Ballina bypass phone the project’s toll-free information line on 1800 209 484 or visit the Pacific Highway upgrade website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects.

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