The NSW Minister for Planning approved the Glenugie upgrade project on 17 December 2009.
The Glenugie upgrade project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.
The seven kilometre Glenugie upgrade forms part of the larger Woolgoolga to Ballina project. This section extends from Franklins Road to Eight Mile Lane, approximately 15 kilometres south of Grafton.
On Monday 31 October, 2011 highway traffic in both directions was moved onto a new 2.5 kilometre section of highway which is now a completed four lane divided road.