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:

Gibsons borrow site and Jali borrow site, Bagotville - 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 (PDF, 587Kb) 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.

Traffic switch at Chatsworth Road South and Serpentine Channel North Bank Road, Chatsworth Island on 17 August

A new diversion road at Chatsworth Road South and Serpentine Channel North Bank Road for local traffic is almost complete. Local traffic will be switched onto the new diversion road on Thursday 17 August between 7am and 6pm, weather permitting. This traffic arrangement for local traffic is temporary and will allow us to maintain capacity on the road network while we safely build the new carriageway for the highway upgrade. Highway traffic will not be affected by this traffic switch.

Night work at Chatsworth Road South and Serpentine Channel North Bank Road

To minimise impact on the road network some of this work is planned to be carried out for up to seven nights from Monday 31 July between 6pm and 7am, weather permitting. Work will be carried out at the intersection of Chatsworth Road South, Serpentine Channel North Bank Road and the Pacific Highway. Work will include milling and asphalting the road surface, painting new line marking and connecting the new diversion road to the existing highway.

Temporary closure of Chatsworth Road South and Pacific Highway intersection during night work

To maintain safety, the entry to Chatsworth Road South from the Pacific Highway will be temporarily closed between 6pm and 7am for up to seven nights from Monday 31 July, weather permitting. During this time traffic will be diverted to Chatsworth Road North. Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and Chatsworth Road South will reopen to traffic again each morning. There will be no change to access during daytime work.

For more information please view or download the August 2017 Chatsworth Road South traffic switch notification (PDF, 205Kb).

Out of hours works at Greenhill, Gulmarrad

The Woolgoolga to Ballina project team will be working at the new highway site located at Green Hill, east of Gimberts Lane to excavate additional soil to accelerate our haulage program. This work will eliminate an additional two weeks of construction activity and will be completed by the end of August 2017, weather permitting.

To minimise impacts to local residents and complete the work to this timeline, we will be carrying out this work on Sundays from 8am to 4pm until Sunday 27 August 2017.

The work will involve soil excavation using two bulldozers which will be serviced by one fuel truck and a light vehicle. There will be no heavy vehicle movements outside of the Greenhill work site and no additional construction activities including blasting or the use of other machinery.

For more information please view or download the July 2017 out of hours work notification (PDF, 333Kb).

Upgrade of Avenue Road, Glenugie

From 17 July work will start to widen Avenue Road to two lanes from the Eight Mile Lane intersection to north of Wants Lane in Glenugie. This work will involve the temporary closure of Avenue Road between these roads for about one month, weather permitting.

A detour will be in place for four weeks during the improvement work to allow for the construction of culverts along Avenue Road. Access for residents within the construction zone will be maintained throughout construction. All other traffic will be diverted via Old Six Mile Lane or Wants Lane during the improvement work. Journey times via Old Six Mile Lane and Wants Lane will increase by one minute and five minutes, respectively. Wants Lane and Old Six Mile Lane will be maintained during the detour. In the event of adverse weather and/or flooding on local roads Avenue Road will be reopened to traffic. Traffic signage will be installed to guide local road users to the detour routes.

For more information please view or download the July 2017 Avenue Road notification (PDF, 384Kb)

Have your say - urban design and landscape plan for the new bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater

The Woolgoolga to Ballina project team is seeking your feedback on the proposed urban design and landscape plan for the new bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater.

You are invited to provide feedback online, in person, over the phone or in writing by Friday 1 September 2017.

To meet the project team drop in at the following locations:

  • Evans Head Markets
    Saturday 26 August between 8am and 12pm
  • Broadwater Community Hall
    Wednesday 30 August between 5pm and 8pm

You can also view the plan at:

  • Richmond Valley Council
    19-25 Woodburn Street, Evans Head
    Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Ballina Shire Council
    40 Cherry Street, Ballina
    Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Lismore City Council
    43 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Roads and Maritime Services
    Pacific Highway Office
    21 Prince Street, Grafton
    Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wardell Post Office
    4/40 Richmond St, Wardell
    Monday – Friday 9am – 5 pm
  • Woodburn Post Office
    85 River St, Woodburn
    Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm
  • Richmond Valley Mobile Library
    Visit www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au for times and locations
  • Richmond Tweed Mobile Library
    Visit www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au for times and locations.

Gibsons borrow site and Jali borrow site, Wardell - Community consulation 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.

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.

Non-noisy activities including instrument reading and logging will be carried out 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.

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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