Woolgoolga to Ballina - Pacific Highway upgrade

The Woolgoolga to Ballina project will upgrade about 155 kilometres of highway. The project starts approximately 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:

Start of work notification - permanent koala exclusion fencing

From early May 2017, (weather permitting) the Woolgoolga to Ballina project team will start building a koala exclusion fence near Wardell.

Before starting this work we held a community information session and met with individual residents and stakeholders.  Feedback from these meetings helped inform the design and location of koala exclusion fence where it will be on shared boundaries with private property. 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.

View or download the start of work notification (PDF,421Kb) for more information.

Release of Devils Pulpit to Ballina hydrological mitigation report

Hydrological mitigation report

The Devils Pulpit to Ballina hydrological mitigation report is now available. This report provides information about flood modelling outcomes and how the project team have used design to manage and reduce the project’s impact in the Richmond River and local catchments. Your feedback has been considered and addressed in this report. We thank everyone for their involvement during the flooding assessments development.

Meet with the project team

The Woolgoolga to Ballina team is holding community drop in sessions to discuss the report and respond to any questions or concerns you may have.

There will not be a presentation at these sessions so please feel free to drop-in any time between 5pm and 7.30pm:

  • Woodburn Visitor Centre, Woodburn
    • Friday 12 May
  • Broadwater Community Hall, Broadwater
    • Thursday 25 May
  • Wardell & District War Memorial Hall, Wardell
    • Friday 26 May

Geotechnical investigations

To make sure we are ready to start building, additional geotechnical investigations are being carried out between Tyndale and Maclean from May to July 2017.

We will be undergoing non-noisy activities including instrument reading and logging from 4am to 7am and 6pm to 10pm between Monday and Friday, from 4am to 8am and 5pm to 8am on Saturday and from 8am to 5pm on Sunday in some areas along the project boundary. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this important work.

Safety through work zones - Yellow line trial, Woolgoolga to Ballina

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.

We are doing this because we understand changes to the road environment during construction change your experience of the journey.

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.

If you have driven through the trial site and would like to be part of this important safety initiative please complete our five minute survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/yellow_line_trial.

Have your say on using Gibsons borrow site and Jali borrow site

Our proposal seeks to access the quarry sites as they are close to the project work area. We also propose to construct a haulage road, which will limit the need for heavy vehicles to use local roads. We are carrying out an assessment of the two proposed borrow sites and as part of this we are seeking your feedback. The community notification includes a form for you to give us your comments by Tuesday 18 April 2017.

New bridge over the Richmond River - Have your say, come and meet the team

The Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade team is seeking your feedback on the proposed compound site for the new bridge over the Richmond River. The proposed compound site is about one kilometre north east of Broadwater, next to the Pacific Highway and the new bridge over the Richmond River Bridge work area. There are three ways you can submit your feedback:

Have your say by Tuesday 18 April.

The project team will also start early work activities, such as survey and geotechnical investigations for the new bridge over the Richmond River from mid-April, weather permitting.

If you wish to meet members of the project team and find out more about the proposed compound site and the early work activities please visit us on Thursday 6 April between 2pm and 4pm at Broadwater Community Hall in Little Pitt Street, Broadwater.

View or download the notification and feedback form for more information.

Geotechnical investigations

To make sure we are ready to start building, additional geotechnical investigations are being carried out between Tyndale and Maclean from May to July 2017. We will be undergoing non-noisy activities including instrument reading and logging from 4am to 7am and 6pm to 10pm between Monday and Friday, from 4am to 8am and 5pm to 8am on Saturday and from 8am to 5pm on Sunday in some areas along the project boundary. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this important work.

Yellow line trial
Yellow line trial

Woolgoolga to Ballina updates

We wish eveyone a safe journey this holiday

For information about current and upcoming work in your area please see the latest project updates:

To help manage traffic during this time a number of road work speed limits will be lifted.

Driving through work zones

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 about six kilometres south of Ballina.

While building the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade we need to change road conditions to ensure safety for both drivers and workers.
We understand changes to the road environment during construction changes your experience of your journey.

We are seeking your feedback to ensure we provide you with sufficient information, far enough in advance, to drive safely and plan your trips on the Pacific Highway during the construction of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade.

Please take five minutes to complete our survey.

Start of work, Pimlico to Teven Stage Three

In late January 2016 we asked for your feedback on building and working at a site compound at Pimlico Road, Pimlico. Individual responses are being prepared and sent to those who provided feedback. View or download the consultation report for more information. A notification about the start of work provides more information about the next steps.

Building and working at the Wardell Road site compound, Lumleys Hill batch plant and borrow site

In late 2016 we asked for your feedback on building and working at a site compound at Wardell Road, and at a batch plant and borrow site at Lumleys Hill. Thank you for your patience while the project team reviewed the responses received.  Individual responses are being prepared and sent to those who provided feedback. View or download the consultation report for more information. A notification about the start of work provides more information about the next steps.

Start of work notification - work between Richmond River and Coolgardie Road

From September 2016, the Woolgoolga to Ballina project team will be onsite to start early work activities. View or download the start of work notification for more information.

Frequently asked questions – Ballina Koala Plan and Koala Management Plan approval

This document aims to answer frequently asked questions about implementation of the plans in the area known as section 10 between the Richmond River at Broadwater and Coolgardie. View or download the frequently asked questions.

Tabbimoble rest area reopened

To allow early work for the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade, some of the existing rest area facilities along the Pacific Highway will be temporarily impacted. Alternative rest area facilities will remain open during this time. The Tabbimoble rest area was temporarily closed at the end of August to enable early work at the Tabbimoble floodway.

The Tabbimoble rest area reopened to traffic on Tuesday, 22 November 2016. Thank you for your patience during this important work.

Please have a look at the interactive rest area map for more information and to plan your breaks on journeys

Koala plans receive Federal Government approval

Roads and Maritime Services has received advice from the Federal Government that the Ballina Koala Plan and Koala Management Plan have been approved, enabling the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade between Broadwater and Coolgardie to proceed.

The plans took more than 15 months to prepare and involved more than 13 scientific, environmental and research organisations and academics, including the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane AC and leading koala experts.

View or download the plans:

Woolgoolga to Ballina EPBC Report - May 2015 to May 2016

The Woolgoolga to Ballina EPBC Report - May 2015 to May 2016 provides an overview of the compliance with the Commonwealth approval conditions for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade Project for the period of May 2015 to May 2016. The project commenced in May 2015 with the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek section. This period represents the first year of construction on the Woolgoolga to Ballina Project. The document supports compliance with Condition 21 of the Commonwealth approval conditions.

Utility adjustment work

Additional adjustment and relocation works on the Essential Energy network in the Maclean,Woodburn and Broadwater areas will be carried out from April to Febuary 2016

Geotechnical investigations update

Geotechnical investigations for the project are progressing well. This work involves collecting and analysing rock and soil samples from areas in and around the project to help inform the design and building of the highway.

Work completed:

  • Section 4 – Tyndale to Maclean
  • Section 7 – Devils Pulpit to Broadwater National Park
  • Section 8 – Broadwater National Park to Trustums Hill
  • Section 10 – Richmond River to Coolgardie Road
  • Section 11 – Coolgardie Road

 Work continuing:

  • Section 3 – Glenugie to Tyndale
  • Section 5 – Maclean to Iluka Road
  • Section 6 – Iluka Road to Devils Pulpit
  • Section 9 – Broadwater National Park to the Richmond River

Work continuing over water from barges:

  • On the Clarence River for the new Harwood Bridge
  • On the Clarence River north arm for the new bridge at Mororo

Geotechnical investigations are planned to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.

Have your say

Proposed design refinements

The consultation period for the proposed design refinements and draft Urban Design and Landscape Plan has now closed. Community feedback was sought from 1-29 August. The project team are now starting to review feedback. Thank you for your interest.

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