Pacific Highway Upgrade, Ballina
Open to traffic: 2011
The $640 million Ballina bypass project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments. The 12km dual carriageway extends from south of Ballina at the intersection of the Bruxner and Pacific highways to north of Ballina at the intersection of Ross Lane at Tintenbar.
Due to the soft soil conditions in the area, the foundations of the road have had to be compressed over several years to create a stable footing for the road. While this has created some outstanding innovations in soft soil engineering it has meant the project has had to be staged over several years.
Due to these complexities the project was designed and built by an alliance between designers, constructors and the roads authority. A high performing team was brought together to produce an outstanding product for road users and the community.
The road alignment skirts valleys and rounds hillsides through the undulating Ballina countryside. It provides fine views of the verdant north coast landscape punctuated by the elegant clean lines of the river bridges, viaducts and walls along the way.
The Teven Road interchange landscape has been designed in collaboration with the Ballina Shire Council, Bundjalung and Jali artists, elders and Nunbahging traditional owners. The design celebrates the traditional view of Ballina as a place of plenty, with a strong connection to the water. The idea of journey and camp sites is also represented. Colours, textures, materials and plants have been selected to reflect local characteristics.