The 14km Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade is expected to open to traffic in 2017.
The 14km Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade is expected to open to traffic in 2017. Trevor Veale

Rock blasts next step in Pacific Hwy upgrade

ABOUT one million cubic metres of rock, enough to fill 400 Olympic swimming pools, will be blasted and removed as work progresses on the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said in order to upgrade the 14 km section of road a large volume of hard rock would need to be removed.

"During the next three months significant progress will be made on the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek upgrade, starting this month with explosives experts carrying out controlled blasting at Corindi and Dirty Creek," Mr Hartsuyker said.

With major earthwork already under way, blasting is required to remove the remaining rock deposits which would take too long to break up using traditional methods such as rock hammers and bulldozers.

The rock removed from the blasting will be crushed and reused elsewhere on the project.

The 14km section of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Hwy upgrade is expected to open to traffic in 2017.



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