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.

Woolgoolga to Ballina updates and announcements

Temporary traffic change on the Pacific Highway, Pimlico

From late-October, weather permitting, there will be a temporary traffic changes on the Pacific Highway between Coolgardie Road, Coolgardie and Whytes Lane, Pimlico. View the notification (PDF, 423KB) for more information.

Upcoming work at Devils Pulpit

The next phase of work at Devils Pulpit will start on Monday 15 October. For more information on the work we will do, see the notification (PDF, 330Kb).

Start of temporary batch plant operations at Avenue Road, Lavadia

A temporary concrete batch plant will start operation from Monday 8 October at Avenue Road, Lavadia for paving between Glenugie and Tyndale, see the notification (PDF, 499Kb) .

Temporary traffic changes to New Italy light vehicle rest area

From late-October, there will be traffic changes to the New Italy light vehicle rest area. View the notification (PDF, 625Kb) for more information.

Work outside normal construction hours on the new bridge over the Richmond River

From mid-October to late-March the project team will be working outside of normal construction hours intermittently on the new bridge over the Richmond River. View the notification (PDF, 316Kb) for more information.

Work starts on the Maclean levee

From Tuesday 25 September, for about four weeks, the project team will be working to raise a low point of the Maclean levee. The work will raise the levee’s flood immunity. For more information on this work, see the notification (PDF, 379Kb).

Controlled blasting at Lang Hill, Woodburn

From late-September, the project team will be carrying out controlled blasting at Lang Hill, Woodburn, for about nine months, weather permitting. See the notification (PDF, 300Kb) for more information,

Permanent traffic changes at Harwood

The Woolgoolga to Ballina project team has almost completed work on the new local road between Harwood Mill Road and the Pacific Highway. Traffic will be permanently moved onto the new road from Tuesday 25 September, weather permitting. Once the new local road opens, the access between Watts Lane East and the Pacific Highway will be permanently closed.

We have included a map in the notification (PDF, 317Kb) to show the location of this traffic change.

Project update – September 2018

A project update (PDF, 632Kb) will arrive in letterboxes in September to update local communities about the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade. In the update you’ll find information about project progress, directional signage and road pavement. To read more about how we’re paving the highway, view our fact sheet (PDF, 1.32Mb)

Work outside normal construction hours between Maclean and Mororo

As part of building the road between Maclean and Mororo, the Woolgoolga to Ballina project team will be working outside normal construction hours. This work is for technical reasons and planned at various times between 6pm and 7am from September 2018 and March 2019, weather permitting. For details about the work we will do view or download the Maclean to Mororo notification (PDF, 246Kb).

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. View the notification (PDF, 421Kb) for more information.

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:

Temporary concrete paving batch plant at Lumleys Hill, Wardell

From early-July, the team will start work to build a temporary concrete paving batch plant at Lumley Hill, Wardell. View the notification (PDF, 279Kb) for more information.

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.

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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