RIVER TO CROSS: Lend Lease will build a new twin bridge over the Kalang River. Sinclair Black
RIVER TO CROSS: Lend Lease will build a new twin bridge over the Kalang River. Sinclair Black

Kalang River crossing next step in highway upgrade

IT'S a sight to reassure motorists.

Work is well under way to improve arguably the most dangerous 20km stretch of the Pacific Hwy between Urunga and Nambucca Heads.

After three months of construction on the $780 million upgrade, national road builders Lend Lease have a river to cross.

Taken from the air, the images taken by Sinclair Black show where twin bridges will be built over the Kalang River.

Roads and Maritime Services says the project team is carrying out soil stabilisation works in preparation for the construction of bridge pylons and approaches.

This new highway section will link up with the existing four-lane divided highway north of the Waterfall Way interchange at Raleigh, south of Coffs Harbour.

The RMS this week announced the joint venture of Acciona Ferrovial as the preferred tenderer for the design and construction of highway upgrade between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads.

North of Coffs Harbour and the RMS is advising motorists to be aware of changed traffic conditions on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade next week.

The upgrade caused major frustration and peak-hour delays for motorists this past week as traffic was diverted on to a single lane running between Graham Dr South and Sapphire.

The RMS warns motorists that a second major traffic switch will occur next week on the stretch from Smiths Rd, Emerald Beach to south Woolgoolga.

"One lane will be open in each direction on the Pacific Hwy from Fiddaman Road at Emerald Beach to south Woolgoolga on Tuesday, April 8, weather permitting," a Road and Maritime Services spokeswoman said yesterday.

"Delays of up to 15 minutes may be experienced, particularly during the traffic switch operation."

Traffic changes to be introduced on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade next week.
Traffic changes to be introduced on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade next week.

Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade

Good progress is being made on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade.

From Wednesday, one lane will be open to traffic in each direction from the Sapphire Beach interchange Beach to south Woolgoolga, weather permitting.

A lot of work is planned in coming months including placing low noise road surfacing on sections not open to traffic and completing the Sapphire and Arrawarra interchanges.

The result will be a safer, smoother highway with reduced travel times for motorists.

Roads and Maritime Services thanks motorists for their patience during development of this critical infrastructure

 

Nambucca Heads to Urunga

Key features of the Nambucca Heads to Urunga upgrade include:

  • 22 kilometres of four lane divided road with safe driving conditions for speeds of 110km/h
  • An upgrade to the existing Waterfall Way interchange at Raleigh
  • Two new interchanges north of Nambucca Heads and Ballards Road
  • A rest area on the western side of the highway at the Nambucca Heads interchange
  • A continuous local road between Nambucca Heads and Urunga combining new roads and the existing Pacific Highway
  • Floodplain bridges and culverts across sections of the Kalang flood plain

The $780 million upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments and is scheduled for completion by 2016, weather permitting.



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