Woolgoolga to Ballina - Pacific Highway upgrade

The Woolgoolga to Ballina project will upgrade about 155 kilometres of highway. The project starts about six kilometres north of Woolgoolga (north of Coffs Harbour) and ends approximately six kilometres south of Ballina.

Updates and announcements

Woolgoolga to Ballina updates

For information about current and upcoming work in your area, please view or download the latest project updates:

Permanent traffic changes - Lumleys Lane, Wardell

From mid-January Lumleys Lane will be permanently closed to through traffic. The closure is required to build the new Pacific Highway. Please see the notification (PDF, 279Kb) for more information.

Start of bridge work at Shark Creek

The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade team will start work on building the bridge over Shark Creek, Tyndale in January 2018. Piling work on this bridge is being completed and BMD Constructions will start the next part of the building process which will take about 14 months, weather permitting. Heavy vehicles will use Norley’s Lane, Tyndale as the access point for the bridge during these works. Please refer to the December 2017 notification (PDF, 264Kb) for more information.

Start of piling and bridge work – Broadwater to Coolgardie

From late November, piling and bridge work will commence from Broadwater to Coolgardie. This work will be carried out for about 12 months, weather permitting. Please see the notification (PDF, 338Kb) for more information.

Start of oversize and over mass deliveries – new bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater

From November, more than 200 large precast concrete components will be delivered and stored at the project site before they are lifted into place to build the bridge. 

When the movement of the oversize and over mass deliveries are being carried out there may be some delays and road users should consider this when planning their journeys. Please refer to the notification (PDF, 227Kb) for more information.

Start of Main Civil and Earthworks-Glenugie to Tyndale

Roads and Maritime has awarded the main civil and earthwork contract for the upgrade between Glenugie and Tyndale to Seymour Whyte Constructions, who are also building 21 bridges in this area. This contractor has already completed the early work for this section of the project.

The civil and earthwork has commenced in October 2017 and will take about two years to complete, weather permitting. Please refer to the Glenugie to Tyndale notification (PDF, 351Kb) for more information.

Start of major earthwork - Devils Pulpit to Richmond River

From November, major earthwork will start in the Devils Pulpit to Richmond River section of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Please refer to the Devils Pulpit to Richmond River notification (PDF, 375Kb) for more information.

Glenugie to Devils Pulpit hydrological mitigation report project update - Maclean levee

The project is committed to assessing potential flooding impacts related to the building and operation of the upgrade and addressing community and industry concerns about flooding.

We are proposing to top up some localised areas of the earth levee near Maclean to reduce the predicted impacts of the project. Please refer to the community update (PDF, 888Kb) for more information.

You are invited to provide feedback on this proposal online, through our five minute survey, in person, over the phone or in writing. To have your say please submit your feedback by 20 November 2017.

To meet with the project team and discuss the proposal in person, drop in any time:

  • 1pm – 3pm, Wednesday 1 November, Maclean Civic Centre, 50 River Street, Maclean
  • 1pm – 3pm, Wednesday 8 November, Maclean Civic Centre, 50 River Street, Maclean
  • 8am – 12pm, Saturday 11 November, Maclean Community Market, Centenary Drive, Main car park near Bowling Club, Maclean.

Electronic speed limit signs in work zones

We are looking to improve motorists experience when travelling through work sites outside of work hours by using electronic variable speed limit signs (VSLS) on a 3.5 kilometre section of the Pacific Highway, between Woodburn and Broadwater.

From 15 September, up to 24 VSLS will be in use on this section of the highway as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade.

Speed limits on VSLS can be changed remotely helping to improve road worker safety and reduce delays by eliminating the need for traffic control to be in place while signs are changed manually. Reducing traffic control and allowing the speed limit to be increased quickly and easily when it is safe to do so will help to improve travel times allowing motorists to spend more time at home with their families. VSLS will also give road users improved, clearly visible speed signs in all weather conditions.

If you have noticed our electronic variable speed limit signs and you would like to provide feedback, please complete our five minute survey or email us at W2B@pacificcomplete.com.au.

Read our VSLS fact sheet (PDF, 284Kb) for more information.

Start of main civil work Tyndale to Maclean

Roads and Maritime has awarded the main civil contract to BGC Contracting for the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade between Tyndale and Maclean. This work will involve building 13 kilometres of the upgrade and 15 bridges. Work will start from early October and continue for about 22 months, weather permitting. Please refer to the notification (PDF, 434Kb) for more information.

Start of bridge work - Tucabia to Shark Creek

Roads and Maritime has awarded a bridge building contract for the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade between Tucabia and Shark Creek to BMD Constructions. This work will involve building 16 bridges built between Tucabia and Shark Creek. Bridge work will start on Tuesday 3rd October and continue for about 20 months, weather permitting. Please refer to the notification (PDF, 144Kb) for more information.

Start of bridge work - Glenugie to Tucabia

Roads and Maritime has awarded a bridge building contract for the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade to Seymour Whyte Constructions which is currently delivering early work between Glenugie and Tyndale.

Bridge work started on Monday 21 August in areas between Glenugie and Tucabia and will continue for 12 months, weather permitting. Work will be carried out progressively starting in the Coldstream and Pillar Valley areas.

There are about 170 bridges being built as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade to improve access and flood immunity. There will be 20 bridges built between Glenugie and Tucabia.

View or download the start of work notification (PDF, 269Kb) for more information.

Permanent koala exclusion fencing

Work is continuing on permanent koala exclusion fencing near Wardell.

The Woolgoolga to Ballina project team is building the exclusion fence alongside the existing Pacific Highway.

The koala exclusion fence is being delivered in line with the project’s Conditions of Approval, as part of the project’s Koala Management Plan and is expected to be completed late August 2017.

View or download the start of work notification for more information.

Travelling through work zones

While building the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade we need to change road conditions to ensure safety for road users and workers.

We understand changes to the road environment during construction changes your experience of your journey.

Please complete our five minute surveys to provide your feedback about:

We want to understand your experience of driving through work zones on the Pacific Highway during the construction of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade so we can provide you with sufficient information, far enough in advance, to drive safely and plan your trips.

To improve the safety of road users and workers we are trialling a number of new ways to guide people through work zones and increase awareness of changed traffic conditions and speed limits.

Yellow lines will replace white lines at a number of temporary work zones near the existing highway to provide better guidance through work zones and raise awareness of changed conditions. We need your feedback about travelling through the yellow line trial to help us understand if you think they are effective.

Yellow line trial
Yellow line trial

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