Planning starts for Woolgoolga upgrade

Planning is getting underway for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina

March 3, 2011

The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority has formed an alliance with engineers for concept plans, designs and an environmental assessment for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

Roads Minister David Borger says the planning activity will allow the government to begin building the roads as soon as funding becomes available.

"This is a crucial section of the Pacific Highway upgrade and $10 million has been allocated for planning," Borger says.

"The upgrade will improve road safety, reduce travel times and improve access to the road for local traffic," he adds.

"Through the RTA, the NSW Government has consulted extensively with the community since 2004 to identify the preferred route and concept designs for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade."

The RTA is in alliance with engineering firms Sinclair Knight Merz and Aurecon.

Environmental and engineering investigations are ongoing and take into account considerations relating to ecological issues, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage, noise, water quality, flooding and traffic.

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