Coffs Coast Advocate photographer Trevor Veale has completed an aerial sweep of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade and from the air it stands as an impressive engineering feat.
Coffs Coast Advocate photographer Trevor Veale has completed an aerial sweep of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade and from the air it stands as an impressive engineering feat.

Aerial view of highway shows an impressive engineering feat

WHAT an impressive sight the almost completed Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade cuts on the Coffs Coast.

Twenty-five kilometres of uninterrupted dual carriageway is due to open in coming weeks.

Set to be completed on time, the Leighton Fulton Hogan project, jointly funded by the State and Federal governments stands as the newest highway section in New South Wales.

Originally projected to cost $700 million, the project will be completed with a price tag of $850 million.

Started in August 2010 almost four years on and the road has been built by 215 workers and 105 pieces of machinery.

Entering its final stages, before completion, the highway section will see changed traffic conditions this week.

The Moonee interchange southbound on ramp was closed yesterday from 6am to 7pm so crews could install a low noise road surface.

Roads and Maritime Services advises motorists travelling from Moonee Beach to the highway heading south to use the Solitary Islands Way service road and Sapphire Beach interchange southbound on ramp.

Today and tomorrow between 6am and 1pm, the south Woolgoolga interchange northbound off ramp will be closed to install a low noise road surface.

During this work, northbound highway access to Woolgoolga and Hearnes Lake Road will be via the Graham Drive northbound off ramp to the Solitary Islands Way service road onto to the south Woolgoolga interchange.

At Sandy Beach, the Graham Drive (south) interchange northbound off and on ramps will be closed today from 1pm to 7pm and Thursday 6am to 7pm so low noise road surface can be installed.

The Gaudrons Rd interchange at Sapphire.
The Gaudrons Rd interchange at Sapphire.

Changed highway access arrangements will be as follows:

Graham Drive, Sandy Beach

To travel from the highway heading north to Graham Drive, use the Emerald Beach northbound off ramp and overpass and the Solitary Islands Way service road to the Graham Drive (south) overpass. Alternatively, use the south Woolgoolga interchange northbound off ramp to Graham Drive.

Fiddaman Road, Emerald Beach and Graham Drive, Sandy Beach

To travel on the highway heading north: Use the Solitary Islands Way service road to the south Woolgoolga interchange northbound on ramp.

Emerald Beach

The Emerald Beach northbound off ramp will be closed on Wednesday from 1pm to 7pm, weather permitting, to install a low noise road surface.

During this work, to travel from the highway heading north, use the Graham Drive northbound off ramp and return via the overpass bridge and the Solitary Islands Way service road.

Woolgoogla

A 3.5km section of the southbound highway near the South Woolgoolga interchange will be temporarily closed on Friday from 6am to 7pm, weather permitting, to install a low noise road surface.

During this time, highway traffic will be one lane in each direction on the northbound highway and changed highway access arrangements will be as follows:

Southbound highway access to Woolgoolga and Hearnes Lake Road

To travel from the highway heading south, use the Arrawarra interchange southbound off ramp and follow the Solitary Islands Way service road through to Woolgoolga or Hearnes Lake Road.

Sapphire Beach

The Sapphire Beach interchange southbound off ramp will be temporarily closed on Friday and Saturday from 6am to 7pm, weather permitting, to install a low noise road surface.

Changed highway access arrangements during this time are as follows:

Service road, Sapphire Crescent, Headland, Split Solitary roads, Sapphire Beach

To travel from the highway heading south, use the Moonee Beach interchange off ramp and the Solitary Islands Way service road to the Sapphire Beach interchange.



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