Pacific Highway Upgrade, Bulahdelah Bypass
Located between Bulahdelah and the edge of Alum Mountain and spanning the Myall River, the 8.6km bypass of Bulahdelah opened in June 2013 after three years of construction.
Two access points to the town of Bulahdelah at the north and south of the project help ensure good connections for road users and a safe place to stop with facilities. Four crossings of the highway, one via a steel truss pedestrian bridge at the mining heritage park, provide access to scenic Alum Mountain, the Bulahdelah Courthouse and the Myall River house boats.
The project utilises the elegant Pacific Highway bridge type with tapered wall style piers, spill through abutments and integrated safety screens. The south Bulahdelah access bridge incorporates a sensitive memorial flower motif designed in collaboration with community members.
A number of site issues were overcome including unstable rock, acid sulphate soils, endangered species and sensitive European and Aboriginal heritage.
With its extensive landscape, simple unobtrusive noise walls, refurbished park, good views and elegant bridges the bypass is a sensitive addition to the highway and a major safety and environmental improvement to the town.