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

Flood focus groups

Roads and Maritime Services is reforming flood focus groups for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. The groups are being reformed for sections of the project not currently in major work where the design is being finalised. These sections are:

  • Clarence River floodplain (north of Farlows Flat)
  • Maclean interchange and Shark Creek
  • Pillar Valley waterways
  • Upper and lower Richmond River floodplains.

When you contact us to register, please provide your name, phone number, email address and identify which area you are most interested in.

We will keep you informed of when and where these meetings will be held. The focus group meetings will address the upgrade’s potential flood impacts. This will include reviewing updated flood models which take into account changes resulting from the refinement of the concept design, reviewing the project’s proposed waterway structures and reviewing flood impact maps.

To register your interest to attend one of the flood focus group meetings call us on 1800 778 900 or email w2b@pacificcomplete.com.au

Utility adjustment work

Telstra and Essential Energy will be carrying out utility adjustment and relocation work in the Pillar Valley and Tyndale and Maclean areas from January to July 2016 as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade. This work includes minor vegetation clearing.

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

Geotechnical investigations

Geotechnical investigations are being carried out between Glenugie and Pimlico from late March to August 2016. 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.

To make sure we are ready to start building, additional geotechnical work will be carried out between Glenugie and Devils Pulpit from 8am – 5pm on Sundays until the end of August. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this important work.

Project update now available

Work is continuing on the 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade with major work continuing on the first two sections between Woolgoolga and Glenugie. Early work is also being carried out at a number of locations along the highway upgrade to prepare the remaining sections for major work progressively from next year. Major earthwork is well under way on the first 26 kilometres of the upgrade and in coming months work is expected to intensify at Luthers, Bald Knob and Range roads. Early work to prepare the remaining sections of highway for major work is also progressing.

A project update (PDF, 3.3MB) is now available to the community.

Ballina koala plan update

The Ballina Koala Plan has been submitted to the federal Department of the Environment for consideration.

Roads and Maritime Services and expert koala consultants have been guided through the development of the plan by the Koala Expert Advisory Committee (KEAC). The Committee have endorsed the Ballina Koala Plan following input and advice from independent scientific experts.

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