Project history

In May 2012, construction of the main site compound on Bangalow Road started.

In May 2012, the refined concept design for the Bangalow interchange was announced.

In December 2011, the alternative options to the Bangalow interchange were announced.

In August 2011, a working group was formed to look at an alternative to the Bangalow interchange.

In August 2011, Baulderstone Pty Ltd were announced as the preferred tenderer to design and build the upgrade.

In June 2010, approval was obtained for the Balina bypass project's scope of works to be extended by 500m to the north of the project, to facilitate an improved safer connection with the approved Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade in the future. Form more information, read the Ballina bypass northern extension advertisement on the project documents page.

To view and download information relating to the planning and environmental assessment of this project go to the project documents page.

In May 2010 the Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) invited tenders for the construction of thePacific Highway upgrade between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale.

In March 2010 Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) announced that a southern bypass of Bangalow was not justified in the medium to long term. Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) would not proceed with any further investigations into a southern bypass of Bangalow at this time.  However, should the performance or function of the road network significantly change, Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) may reassess the need for a southern bypass of Bangalow.

In January 2010 he NSW Minister for Planning approved the Pacific Highway Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade. Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) Chief Executive agreed to proceed with the construction and operation of the project subject to the conditions set by the Minister for Planning, Roads and Maritime Services' (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) project priorities for upgrading the Pacific Highway and available funding.

Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) prepared a discussion paper on the investigations.  The investigation considered the costs and benefits of a potential southern bypass of Bangalow. A discussion paper on the findings of the preliminary investigations was placed on display from 3 June to 15 July 2009.

In August 2008 the Minister for Roads requested Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) undertake preliminary investigations into the costs of a southern bypass of Bangalow and what benefits this new road could create.

In August 2008 the environmental assessment for the project was placed on display describing the project and potential impacts of the proposal. .

In January 2008 a highway access strategy was placed on display. This strategy provided information on the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade, the environmental investigations and the local road access arangements once the new highway is built.

In September 2006 the preferred route was placed on display.  The preferred route provides the best overall balance between functional, ecological, heritage, social and economic considerations and provides for construction staging opportunities. 

In October 2005 a route options report was displayed describing four short listed options for community consideration and outlining the issues associated with each of the options.

In late 2004 Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) held several community meetings and invited the community to be involved in the project's community liaison group.

In November 2004, Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) announced investigations had commenced into an upgrade between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale. Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) commissioned Arup consultations to plan the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale.

Proposed upgrade alignment

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