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Bypass to strip 1500 trucks off Ballina’s streets

New bypass on the NSW north coast tipped to take 1500 trucks and 6500 cars a day off the local streets of Ballina

November 29, 2011

Truck drivers will no longer need to travel on local streets in the northern NSW coastal town of Ballina after the main section of a new bypass opened today.

Completed as part of a multi-billion investment in the Pacific Highway, the bypass is being touted as a key measure to improve travel times and road safety.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay says the bypass cuts out five roundabouts, multiple traffic lights and a 60km/h speed zone, reducing travel times by up to 12 minutes.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says truck drivers and motorists can look forward to smoother and better driving conditions.

“But the benefits of this new piece of road infrastructure won’t be limited to just those who drive on it. It will also take 1,500 trucks and 6,500 cars a day off the local streets of Ballina, making this Northern Rivers town an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” he says.

The main section of the bypass opened today runs from Teven Road to Cumbalum. The Cumbalum and Ross Lane section opened in March, with the last two kilometres of work south of Teven Road to be completed in early 2012.

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