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:

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.

Consultation outcomes and start of work – Lumleys Hill borrow site, Wardell

Further to consultation carried out in 2016, the project team has received advice from Department of Planning and Environment about operating the borrow site at Lumleys Hill. From October, work at the site will be starting. Please refer to the Lumleys Hill borrow notification for more information.

Consultation outcomes and start of work – Gibsons and Jali borrow sites, Bagotville

Further to consultation carried out earlier this year, the project team has received advice from Department of Planning and Environment about operating the existing quarries known as Gibsons and Jali. From October, work at both sites will be starting. Please refer to the Gibsons and Jali borrow sites notification for more information.

Start of major earthwork – Richmond River to Pimlico

From October, major earthwork will start in the Richmond River to Pimlico section of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Please refer to the Richmond River to Pimlico notification for more information.

Traffic changes to Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is advising motorists of changed traffic conditions next week for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

Maintenance work and sign installation will be carried out on local roads and the Pacific Highway between Glenugie and Tyndale. For the safety of road users, traffic control and reduced speed limits will be in place.

For more information view or download the 22 September notification (PDF, 217Kb).

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 work – piling for new bridge over Richmond River at Broadwater

From early October, a combination of driven and bored piling will be used to install more than 50 piles for the new bridge over the Richmond River. Please refer to the notification (PDF, 522Kb), for more information.

Start of work - Intersection changes in Wardell

From mid-September, work to change two intersections in Wardell will be starting. Please refer to the notification (PDF,665Kb) for more information.

Start of major work - Richmond River to Pimlico

From late September, major work will start in the Richmond River to Pimlico section of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Please refer to the notification (PDF,527Kb) 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.

Gibsons borrow site and Jali borrow site, Wardell - Community consultation report

In April 2017, the community was invited to consider a proposal for rock and gravel from Gibsons borrow site and Jali borrow site at Bagotville to be used as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Richmond River and Ballina Bypass.

The consultation report provides responses to all feedback received on the proposal.

Since seeking feedback, the project team has produced draft management plans for the borrow sites. These draft plans were submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment for approval. They are being reviewed against the Minister’s Conditions of Approval to determine compliance.

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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