Think P.A.C. before travelling on the Pacific Highway

31 January 2018

A new campaign has been launched to encourage safer and more efficient journeys while the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade takes place.

The P.A.C campaign asks travellers on the Pacific Highway to plan their journey, be aware and cautious before hitting the road.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the 155 kilometre upgrade includes 170 bridges each of which will consist of multiple concrete pieces built off site.

“There are 8500 pre-cast elements being delivered to more than 100 locations on trucks known as oversize and over mass vehicles,” the spokesperson said.

“There will be delays while the deliveries take place, which is why motorists are being urged to think P.A.C to keep them moving while work on the $4.36 billion upgrade is carried out.

“The larger girders are being delivered on trucks under police escort and can be up to 4.5 metres wide and around 36 metres long.

“These deliveries are taking place in both north and southbound lanes of the Pacific Highway from Macksville, Coffs Harbour, Harwood as well as Brisbane.”

P.A.C stands for:

  •  Plan: Consider when to travel. Avoid delays by taking a break. Stay up to date with oversize and over mass deliveries
  • Awareness: Search for project information on Roads and Maritime’s website. There are schedules and maps, including rest area maps, to help motorists plan breaks.
  • Caution: Consider the safety of all road users and workers. Be patient and don’t take risks, there will be chances to overtake the over size vehicles. Be prepared for occasional traffic queues.

At the peak of work on the upgrade, it is expected there will be up to eight oversize and over mass trucks on the Pacific Highway every day between Macksville and Brisbane.

“Motorists will soon be able to keep track of deliveries for the largest loads with a real time map expected to be available soon on the Roads and Maritime website,” the spokesperson said.

“As part of the P.A.C campaign, Roads and Maritime has released an awareness film online about oversize and over mass deliveries: ‘Sharing the road with wide and long loads.”

Stay up to date on oversize vehicle movements by visiting Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. People can also register for regular updates via SMS or email alerts by phoning 1800 778 900 or emailing w2b@pacificcomplete.com.au.

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