Have your say on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade working hours

24 October 2012

Local residents and businesses are invited to take part in an online survey for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

The survey will address proposed extensions to work times when building starts on the proposed project, as well as communication options for the community to ensure they are informed as work progresses on the upgrade.

The proposed extension to work hours is for two hours per day during the week and four hours on Saturdays and would help reduce disruptions to motorists and make use of the extended sunlight during spring, summer and early autumn.

Most importantly, the extra work hours would shorten building time and get the upgrade opened sooner.

Noise screens, sound enclosures and noise control methods are planned to help reduce the impact of noise for all work on the project.

Further information and detail on the noise impacts will be included in the noise and vibration assessment working paper which will be available to the public as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on display in coming months.

Details will be also provided at community information sessions to be held during the EIS exhibition.

Results from the survey and submissions received as part of the EIS will be provided to the Department of Planning for consideration as part of project approval.

The start of building on the project is subject to funding.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is continuing with work to prepare the 155 kilometre upgrade for building.

This includes property acquisition, refining the concept design, an environmental assessment of the refined design and further geotechnical and environmental investigations.

To provide feedback on the project complete the online survey at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/pacific, phone 1800 778 900 (toll free) or email w2balliance@globalskm.com.

Planning for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade is funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

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