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

Broadwater Evans Head Rd interchange

From August 2018 there will be temporary traffic changes to Broadwater Evans Head Road, as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade. Click the notification (PDF, 421Kb) for more information.

OOHW Gap Road

As part of the upgrade, the project team will be carrying out essential work outside of normal construction hours, near Woodburn for five nights from Monday 13 August to Friday 17 August. For more information please view or download the notification (PDF,223Kb).

Temporary closure of local access road between the Pacific Highway and Morpeth Street, Harwood

To build sections of the new Harwood interchange, the local access road between the highway and Morpeth Street will be temporarily closed from Monday 30 July for up to five weeks, weather permitting.

Please view or download the temporary closure notification (PDF, 263Kb) for more information and a detour map.

Update on the proposed temporary asphalt batch plant near Woombah and the asphalt supply strategy for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime has asked the project team to review the asphalt supply strategy for the manufacture and delivery of asphalt for the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade. For more information please download the update on the proposed temporary asphalt batch plant near Woombah (PDF, 173Kb).

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

Concrete paving Wardell to Coolgardie

Paving will begin between the Richmond River, Wardell and Coolgardie Road, Coolgardie from mid-August 2018, weather permitting. For more information please view or download the start of paving notification (PDF, 242 Kb).

Operational Noise Review

We have prepared an Operational Noise Review which outlines the expected changes in road traffic noise as a result of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. See the operational noise page for more information.

Temporary batch plant facility near Broadwater

From late July 2018, weather permitting, the project team will start to build a temporary concrete batch plant facility near Broadwater. View the notification (PDF, 76Kb).

Temporary traffic changes in Glenugie and Pillar Valley

There will be temporary changed traffic conditions between Old Six Mile Lane south, Old Six Mile Lane north and Wants Lane, Glenugie from Monday 30 July 2018. View the notification (PDF, 225Kb).

Proposal for batch plant at Woombah

The project team is proposing to build a temporary asphalt batch plant at Woombah. The batch plant would be located on the eastern side of the existing highway about 700 metres north of the old Iluka Road turnoff. We have provided a fact sheet (PDF, 278Kb), project notification (PDF, 417Kb) and additional information (PDF, 865Kb) about the proposal. To have your say, please complete the feedback form (PDF, 124Kb) by Friday 10 August 2018.

Temporary traffic changes north of Jubilee Street, Maclean

A temporary traffic switch is required on the Pacific Highway north of Jubilee Street, Maclean. Motorists will be switched onto a new diversion road in mid-July 2018, weather permitting. Please see the notification (PDF, 185Kb) for more information.

Temporary closure at Chatsworth Road North

Work on a new overpass at Chatsworth Road North, Mororo has now started. To finish the road connections to the overpass, Chatsworth Road North and part of the Mororo Bridge will be temporarily closed from Monday 9 July for up to six weeks, weather permitting. For detour information see the notification (PDF, 224Kb).

Maclean levee community consultation report

In late 2017, the project team asked the community for feedback on a proposal to raise a low point of the Maclean levee to mitigate the predicted impact of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. The feedback received and responses from the project team have been compiled into a community consultation report (PDF,1.94Mb).
The proposal has now been accepted and construction will start soon.

Start of blasting at Tyndale borrow site

Controlled blasting will begin at Tyndale borrow site from mid June 2018, weather permitting. For more information please view or download the blasting factsheet (PDF, 97.5Kb) and start of blasting notification (PDF, 305Kb).

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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