Service centre for highway upgrade

A HIGHWAY service centre is planned for the Arrawarra rest stop as part of the Sapphire-to-Woolgoolga upgrade.

The RTA says the centre would be built away from nearby houses to reduce potential environmental impacts. The environmental assessment of the preferred location for the rest area at the Arrawarra interchange is on public view.

“The environmental assessment shows how the proposed site was chosen for the rest area and the preferred layout,” an RTA spokesman said.

“The report also assesses the potential impacts of the rest area on the immediate environment and outlines measures to lessen these impacts.

“The RTA will now seek planning approval for the proposed rest area as a modification to the Sapphire-to-Woolgoolga Pacific Highway project.

“If approved, work would be carried out as part of the project by the joint venture between Leighton Contractors and Fulton Hogan which is building the upgrade.”

The environmental assessment can be examined on the RTA's project website

The $705-million upgrade involves building 25 kilometres of four-lane divided road from Sapphire to Arrawarra.

The RTA said the project would improve road safety, reduce travel times for all users of the highway, and provide easier access to and from the highway for local residents.

For more information, visit the RTA website or phone the project's toll-free information line on 1800 636 363.

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