Christmas holiday changes for Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade

22 December 2017

Changed traffic conditions are in place on the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina to help motorists save time and arrive at their destination safely this festive season.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said all non-essential work on the 155 kilometre upgrade stopped on Friday 15 December and won’t resume until Wednesday 3 January 2018.

“High traffic volumes are expected on the Pacific Highway during the Christmas and New Year holidays, so stopping all non-essential work is good news for motorists.

“The speed limit will also be returned to 100 km/h for more than 20 kilometres of the highway to make travel easier for motorists during the holidays.

“The changes to speed limits on the Pacific Highway will occur where it’s safe to do so, such as near Woombah, Mororo, Devils Pulpit, Tabbimoble, Woodburn and at Broadwater.

“Signs will be updated to reflect the changes and as work progressively resumes from Thursday 4 January, the road work speed limits will return.”

The spokesperson announced a new rest area at Arrawarra will also open this week to encourage motorists to ‘Stop, Revive, Survive.’

“The new rest area at Arrawarra is yet another option for motorists to take a break on the Pacific Highway and compliments another 10 rest areas.

“Capping off a big year for the project, another four kilometres of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade between Dirty Creek Range and Halfway Creek has now been opened.

“This means 26 kilometres of the 155 kilometre upgrade is now complete, with another 120 kilometres under way,” the spokesperson said.

Motorists are now enjoying almost 530 kilometres of four lane divided road between Hexham and the Queensland border.

The $4.36 billion Australian and NSW government funded Woolgoolga to Ballina project is the last section of the Pacific Highway to be upgraded to four lanes of new divided road.

“Since Christmas last year, 72 kilometres of the Pacific Highway has been upgraded to four lanes of divided road and crews have worked hard to bypass key pinch points such as Telegraph Point, Macksville and Nambucca Heads,” the spokesperson added.

“The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade is expected to open to traffic in 2020, weather permitting, and will mark the end of the nearly $15 billion, 23 year road upgrade.”

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