The NSW Minister for Planning approved the Ballina bypass project on 22 May 2003.
The $640 million Ballina bypass project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.
The project will provide 12 kilometres of dual carriageway, extending 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.
The northern end of the project from Cumbalum to Ross Lane was opened in March 2011. The section from Cumbalum to Teven Road opened to traffic on Tuesday 29 November 2011. The southbound lanes from Teven to Bruxner opened on Tuesday 20 December 2011. The northbound lanes from Teven to Bruxner opened on Saturday 11 February 2012.
The connection from the Pacific Highway to the Bruxner Highway, which was the final traffic switch for the Ballina bypass, opened to traffic on 28 April 2012.
Ongoing work will continue on the Ballina truck rest stop area, which is planned to open later in the year.