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:

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).

Out of hours work between Mororo and Devils Pulpit

As part of building the road between Mororo and Devils Pulpit, the project team is proposing to work outside of normal construction hours. This out of hours work is planned from June 2018 to December 2018. Please see notification (PDF, 281Kb) for more information

Temporary traffic changes on Woodburn Evans Head Road for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade

A new bridge will be built over the Pacific Highway upgrade for the Woodburn Evans Head Road overpass. The first stage of this work involves temporarily realigning Woodburn Evans Head Road. Please see notification (PDF, 127Kb) for more information.

Traffic delays, north of Broadwater as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade for five nights in mid June.

From Thursday 14 June to Tuesday 19 June 2018, weather permitting the project team will carry out work to install nine girders over the existing Pacific Highway at night, outside of normal construction hours.

Please see notification (PDF,881Kb) for more information for heavy vehicles or this notification for all road users (PDF, 465Kb).

Have your say - Draft directional signage plan

The Woolgoolga to Ballina project team has developed a draft directional signage plan to show the location and wording for signs on the new highway (green, blue and brown signs with white writing).

View the Directional Signage page for more information.

Temporary traffic change at Pimlico for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade from early June

As part of work to build the new road, the Woolgoolga to Ballina project team will make a temporary traffic change on the Pacific Highway between Whytes Lane and Pimlico Road, Pimlico from week commencing Monday 18 June, weather permitting. Please see the notification (PDF, 304Kb) for more information.

Fauna connectivity culvert at Wardell Road, Wardell

As part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade the project team will be installing a fauna connectivity culvert at Wardell Road, Wardell from late May 2018. See the start of work notification (PDF, 141Kb) for more information.

Using rock from Tyndale to build the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade

The Department has approved the proposal for the project team to source building material from the Tyndale site. Work to prepare the site will start in early May 2018 including vegetation clearing and building an access track into the site. Residents will be provided with more information in advance of controlled blasting activities. Please see the notification (PDF, 305Kb) for more information.

April 2018 community update for new bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater

For information about current and upcoming work on the new bridge of the Richmond River at Broadwater, please see the April community update (PDF, 715Kb) for more information.

Out of hours work at new bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade

As part of work to build the new bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater, the project team will be undertaking essential concreting activities outside of normal construction hours from 23 April to 21 December 2018, weather permitting. Please see notification (PDF, 356Kb) for more information.

Night-time girder deliveries to start in March

From 26 March to late June 2018, the project team will be delivering girders (large concrete pieces) at night for the new bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood, weather permitting.

There will be up to four return trips per night until 44 concrete pieces are delivered. Expect closures of the Pacific Highway at Harwood for up to 15 minutes while the girders are transported south from the precast yard at Harwood, over the Harwood Bridge to the Yamba interchange. For the return journey expect closures of five minutes as the empty trucks return northbound over the Harwood Bridge to the precast yard.

Detours will be in place on the southbound Yamba off ramp and Yamba Road while concrete pieces are installed over these roads.

Temporary closures and traffic detours will be in place between:

  • 7pm and 5am from Monday to Friday
  • 7pm on Friday and 5am on Saturday
  • 7pm on Sunday and 5am on Monday

Please view or download the temporary closure notification (PDF, 672Kb) for detour maps and more information. For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

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 start of work notification (PDF, 474Kb) for more information.

Start of early work – Glenugie Interchange to Eight Mile Lane Interchange, Glenugie for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has approved a refined route for the new highway between the Glenugie Interchange to Eight Mile Lane Interchange. The approval follows consultation with impacted stakeholders. The approval for the modification to the alignment and the conditions can be found on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.

The Woolgoolga to Ballina team is planning to start work in the area in March 2018, weather permitting. Access for project vehicles will be via the northern end of the Old Pacific Highway, off the current Pacific Highway and Eight Mile Lane at Glenugie. Please refer to the start of work notification (PDF, 474Kb) for more information.

Changed traffic conditions between Chatsworth Island and Mororo

From Tuesday 20 March 2018 there will be three stages of traffic changes between Chatsworth Island and Mororo. Please refer to the changed traffic notification (PDF, 805Kb) for details and maps of these staged changes.

Out of hours work - Coolgardie and Pimlico

The first of three stages of out of hours work is traffic changes on Whytes Lane (east and west), Kays Road and construction access onto the highway. A further two stages of out of hours work will be carried out in July and November 2018, weather permitting. Please see the notification (PDF, 236Kb) for more information.

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.

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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