EARTHWORKS: Looking south along the Warrell Creek to Urunga Pacific Hwy upgrade, west of Boral quarry.
EARTHWORKS: Looking south along the Warrell Creek to Urunga Pacific Hwy upgrade, west of Boral quarry.

Project blasts its way through rock

WORK is under way to remove hard rock along the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads Pacific Hwy upgrade.

Controlled open cut blasting will used to break through hard rock south of Macksville as part of the $830 million project.

The works that started on Thursday will be carried out at four locations between Donnellyville and Macksville to remove about 40,000 cubic metres of rock, a Roads and Maritime Services spokesman said.

"The rock will be crushed and reused elsewhere along the project where high quality material is needed," the RMS said.

"There will be around 100 blasts at four locations during this time until March next year, with the second blast planned for Monday.

"Residents will be notified before each controlled blast and electronic message signs will advise motorists in advance of blasting dates and times," the spokesman said.

Motorists can expect delays of up to 15 minutes on the Pacific Highway and on local roads during the controlled blasts with traffic control in place for motorists' safety.

The Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade will deliver 20 kilometres of four lane divided highway and is due for completion in 2017.

Details about the controlled blasting including dates and times can be found on the project website at rms.nsw.gov.au.

Information is also available at the community display centre which is located at 124 Albert Dr, Warrell Creek and open weekdays between 9-5pm.

For more information phone the project team on 1800 074 588.



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