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

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.

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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