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

Woolgoolga to Ballina updates

We wish everyone a safe journey this holiday

For information about current and upcoming work in your area please see the latest project updates:

All work on the project will stop from 23 December and work sites will progressively reopen from 3 January 2017.

To help manage traffic during this time a number of road work speed limits will be lifted.

Building and working at the Wardell Road site compound, Lumleys Hill batch plant and borrow site

In late 2016 we asked for your feedback on building and working at a site compound at Wardell Road, and at a batch plant and borrow site at Lumleys Hill. Thank you for your patience while the project team reviewed the responses received.  Individual responses are being prepared and sent to those who provided feedback. View or download the consultation report for more information. A notification about the start of work provides more information about the next steps.

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.

Tabbimoble rest area reopened

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 was temporarily closed at the end of August to enable early work at the Tabbimoble floodway.

The Tabbimoble rest area reopened to traffic on Tuesday, 22 November 2016. Thank you for your patience during this important work.

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.

Utility adjustment work

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

Geotechnical investigations update

Geotechnical investigations for the project are progressing well. 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.

Work completed:

  • Section 4 – Tyndale to Maclean
  • Section 7 – Devils Pulpit to Broadwater National Park
  • Section 8 – Broadwater National Park to Trustums Hill
  • Section 10 – Richmond River to Coolgardie Road
  • Section 11 – Coolgardie Road

 Work continuing:

  • Section 3 – Glenugie to Tyndale
  • Section 5 – Maclean to Iluka Road
  • Section 6 – Iluka Road to Devils Pulpit
  • Section 9 – Broadwater National Park to the Richmond River

Work continuing over water from barges:

  • On the Clarence River for the new Harwood Bridge
  • On the Clarence River north arm for the new bridge at Mororo

Geotechnical investigations are planned to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.

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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