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

Start of work notification - work between Richmond River and Coolgardie Road

From September 2016, the Woolgoolga to Ballina project team will be onsite to start early work activities. View or download the start of work notification for more information.

Frequently asked questions – Ballina Koala Plan and Koala Management Plan approval

This document aims to answer frequently asked questions about implementation of the plans in the area known as section 10 between the Richmond River at Broadwater and Coolgardie. View or download the frequently asked questions.

Temporary closure of Tabbimoble rest area

To allow early work for the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade, some of the existing rest area facilities along the Pacific Highway will be temporarily impacted. Alternative rest area facilities will remain open during this time.

The Tabbimoble rest area will be temporarily closed on Monday, 29 August 2016 for an eight week period until October 2016, weather permitting, to allow early work at the Tabbimoble floodway.

Please have a look at the interactive rest area map for more information and to plan your breaks on journeys

Koala plans receive Federal Government approval

Roads and Maritime Services has received advice from the Federal Government that the Ballina Koala Plan and Koala Management Plan have been approved, enabling the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade between Broadwater and Coolgardie to proceed.

The plans took more than 15 months to prepare and involved more than 13 scientific, environmental and research organisations and academics, including the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane AC and leading koala experts.

View or download the plans:

Woolgoolga to Ballina EPBC Report - May 2015 to May 2016

The Woolgoolga to Ballina EPBC Report - May 2015 to May 2016 provides an overview of the compliance with the Commonwealth approval conditions for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade Project for the period of May 2015 to May 2016. The project commenced in May 2015 with the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek section. This period represents the first year of construction on the Woolgoolga to Ballina Project. The document supports compliance with Condition 21 of the Commonwealth approval conditions.

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 September 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 September. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this important work.

Project update now available

We are progressing with activities along the 155 kilometre project including developing detailed design and carrying out early work. Early work will be carried out by multiple contractors simultaneously to make sure we are ready to start building once the design is finalised. The project is expected to open to traffic by 2020.

A project update is now available to the community.

Have your say

Proposed design refinements

The consultation period for the proposed design refinements and draft Urban Design and Landscape Plan has now closed. Community feedback was sought from 1-29 August. The project team are now starting to review feedback. Thank you for your interest.

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