WORK has begun on the first of 40 new bridges on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade of the Pacific Hwy.
Piling work at Halfway Creek has commenced to build new 55 metre long twin bridges to form part of the new 12km Halfway Creek to Glenugie upgrade.
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said major work at Halfway Creek has been underway since June and construction of the bridges is expected to take about six months.
"Contractor Civil Mining Construction will bore holes approximately one metre in diameter which will then be reinforced with steel and concrete to form a strong foundation for the Halfway Creek Bridge," Mr Hartsuyker said.
The key features of this section and the 14km section of upgrade between Arrawarra and Halfway Creek will include new overbridges at Sherwood Creek Road and Kangaroo Trail Road, twin bridges over Corindi Creek, the Corindi floodplain and Cassons Creek, and twin bridges over the Corindi Local Access Road.
Member for Clarence and New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis said works will soon be underway on the Sherwood Creek Road overbridge, a 60 metres long overbridge consisting of five girders weighing approximately 55 tons each.
"The Sherwood Creek Road overbridge will improve connectivity of the local road network once the Pacific Hwy upgrade is complete and will take approximately eight months to build, weather permitting," Mr Gulaptis said.
The two sections of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Hwy upgrade are expected to be open to traffic in 2017.