Devils Pulpit

Roads and Maritime Services has upgraded the Devils Pulpit section of the Pacific Highway between Grafton and Ballina. The project was jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

Updates and announcements

Devils Pulpit is now complete and opened to traffic in March 2014.

Project background

The Chief Executive of Roads and Maritime Services determined on 4 March 2011 that the construction and operation of the Devils Pulpit upgrade could proceed, subject to the conditions set out by the NSW Minister for Planning and the Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

A contract was awarded to John Holland Pty Ltd to build the Devils Pulpit Pacific Highway upgrade project. The project started in December 2011 with completion scheduled early 2014.

Roads and Maritime plans to upgrade the Devils Pulpit section of the Pacific Highway between Grafton and Ballina. This 7.3 kilometre section forms part of the 33km Iluka Road to Woodburn project.

Project history

Environmental assessment

An environmental assessment of the proposal to upgrade the Pacific Highway at Devils Pulpit was completed in accordance with Part 3A of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The environmental assessment was placed on public display from 31 May 2010 until 5 July 2010. During the environmental assessment exhibition period, seven submissions were received from the community and government agencies. Key issues raised included property access, biodiversity offsets and noise monitoring methodology.

Since the exhibition of the environmental assessment, the design of the project has been further refined, resulting in some changes. A Preferred Project Report has been prepared to describe these changes and assess their potential for environmental impacts. Preferred Project Report is available in the Documents section of this page.

Project approval

Planning approval was obtained on 1 February 2011.

The Chief Executive of Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) determined on 4 March 2011 that the construction and operation of the Devils Pulpit upgrade could proceed, subject to the conditions set out by the NSW Minister for Planning and the Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

Planning approval documents are available from the project documents page or by contacting the project information line. Display locations are:

  • Roads and Maritime Services, Pacific Highway Office
    21 Prince Street, Grafton
    Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm
  • New Italy museum complex cafe
    Pacific Highway New Italy
    Monday to Sunday 9am to 4pm

Community involvement

A comprehensive community involvement program will be implemented during the construction phase.

During the construction phase, the project team will work closely with the community and stakeholders to ensure they are informed regarding construction activities.

Brief history of the project

  • July 2011: John Holland Pty Ltd were awarded the contract to build the upgrade
  • March 2011: Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) Chief Executive determined the construction and operation of the project to proceed
  • February 2011: Tenders called for the construction of the upgrade
  • February 2011: Planning approval obtained
  • May 2010 to July 2010: Environmental assessment was on display for community comment
  • May 2010: Funding was announced under the Nation Building Program to progress planning and construction on this section of highway
  • July 2008: Preferred concept design on display for community comment. This was a refinement of the concept design following community consultation
  • March 2006: Concept design announced on display for community comment
  • November 2004: Investigations commenced into the upgrade of the Pacific Highway including community consultation to identify a study area and route options.

Project objective and key features

Project objectives

  • Improved road safety.

Key features

  • 7.3 kilometre of four lane divided highway with a wide median to allow for future upgrade to six lanes
  • Improvements to property access and amenity for nearby residents
  • Improvements to drainage and flood mitigation
  • Construction of bridges over Tabbimoble floodways
  • Overhead rope crossings for glider and other animal species.

Photo gallery

Documents

Operational Noise Report

September 2015

Upgrade compliance report

March 2014

Upgrade compliance report

Compliance Tracking Report

January 2013

Compliance tracking report.

Compliance Tracking Report - Appendix A

January 2013

Compliance Tracking Report - Appendix A

Compliance Tracking Report - Appendix B

January 2013

Compliance Tracking Report - Appendix B

Compliance Tracking Report - Appendix C

January 2013

Compliance Tracking Report - Appendix C

Compliance Tracking Report - Appendix D

January 2013

Compliance Tracking Report - Appendix D

Compliance Tracking Report - Appendix E

January 2013

Compliance Tracking Report - Appendix E

Compliance tracking report - Sep 2012

September 2012

Compliance tracking report - Sep 2012

Construction Community Liaison Plan

February 2012

Construction Community Liaison Plan

Landscaping and Rehabilitation Plan

February 2012

Landscaping and Rehabilitation Plan

Surface Water Monitoring Plan

February 2012

Surface Water Monitoring Plan

Air Quality Plan

February 2012

Air Quality Plan

Traffic Management Plan

October 2011

Traffic Management Plan

Ecological Monitoring Program

February 2012

Ecological Monitoring Program report prepared by Hyder Consulting Pty Ltd.

Construction Environmental Management Plan

February 2012

Construction Environmental Management Plan report prepared by John Holland.

Soil and Water Management Plan

February 2012

Soil and Water Management Plan report prepared by John Holland.

Noise and Vibration Plan

February 2012

Noise and Vibration Plan report prepared by John Holland.

Flora and Fauna Management Plan

February 2012

Flora and Fauna Management Plan report prepared by John Holland.

Heritage Management Plan

February 2012

Heritage Management Plan report prepared by John Holland.

Surface Water Monitoring Plan

February 2012

Surface Water Monitoring Plan report prepared by John Holland.

Clearing and Grubbing Plan

February 2012

Clearing and Grubbing Plan report prepared by John Holland.

Staging Report

October 2011

Staging Report - Condition of Approval A5 letter.

Devils Pulpit submissions and preferred project report

November 2010

Iluka Road to Woodburn
Available on request - please contact us.

Submissions report

September 2010

Iluka Road to Woodburn
Available on request - please contact us.

Environmental Assessment 2010 - Volume 1 and Volume 2

May 2010

Available on request - please contact us.

Project approval documents

February 2011

Devils Pulpit Upgrade - Project approval documents

Major project application

October 2009

Major project application.

Preliminary environmental assessment

September 2009

Iluka Road to Woodburn – Devils Pulpit project – Preliminary environmental assessment

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