Highway projects advancing north

DRIVERS travelling between Coffs Harbour and Grafton now have a different view.

Tree-felling, earthmoving and trucks can easily been seen from the road commencing works on the Glenugie upgrade.

The project is about 15km south of Grafton and work is being carried out from south of Franklins Road to Eight Mile Lane. The seven kilometre upgrade is part of the larger Wells Crossing to Iluka Road Pacific Highway upgrade.

Clearing and drainage work is currently under way and when completed general earthworks will start.

An RTA spokesperson said motorists will not be affected by the works this year.

“In early 2011 traffic will be switched onto the new southbound road under a two-way traffic arrangement while work is carried out on the northbound section,” the spokesperson said.

“Work on the upgrade started in December 2009, after planning approval being given and is expected to be open to traffic by mid 2011.”

Other work on the Pacific Highway includes:

Coopernook to Herons Creek – building is well advanced on the 33km upgrade between Coopernook and Herons Creek, with bypasses of Kew and Moorland already opened and a bypass of Johns River expected to open to traffic later this week. The remainder of the upgrade is expected to be completed in July 2010.

Kempsey bypass – building has started on a 14.5km bypass of Kempsey, with early work including house raising and the building of stock mounds in the flood plain area all ready started. Main building is expected to start shortly, with a completion date scheduled for mid 2014.

Sapphire to Woolgoolga – preliminary work has started on the section between Sapphire and Woolgoolga, including utility relocation and continuing property acquisitions. A contract has been awarded to the joint venture of Leightons and Fulton Hogan and substantial construction is expected to start in the near future.

Ballina bypass – building is also well advanced on an 11.5km bypass of Ballina, with the opening of the Cumbalum to Ross Lane section targeted for late 2010 and the opening of the final Bruxner Highway to Cumbalum interchange section targeted for mid 2012.

Banora Point – Building has started on a further 2.5km upgrade at Banora Point.

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