Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker was on hand when the first sod was turned on the Arrawarra to Glenugie Pacific Hwy upgrade.
Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker was on hand when the first sod was turned on the Arrawarra to Glenugie Pacific Hwy upgrade. Trevor Veale

Work begins on Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade

THE fully duplicated Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina is one step closer with construction officially starting on Saturday morning.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the sod turn at Corindi Beach was part of one of the largest road infrastructure projects in NSW.

"With 60 per cent of the highway already upgraded to a four lane divided road, the focus is now on the remaining 155 kilometre section between Woolgoolga and Ballina," he said.

"Today's sod turn is a great example of the NSW Government getting on with the job of delivering a fully duplicated Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border by 2020."

Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, helped turn the first sod for the 26km upgrade between Arrawarra and Glenugie.

He said the start of construction would be warmly welcomed by North Coast residents.

"This upgrade will improve road safety by separating traffic and providing more rest opportunities for drivers," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"It will also enhance economic efficiency by reducing travel times and fuel costs for transport operators and motorists.

"Access and amenity will also be improved for local residents through new interchanges and bypasses of towns along the route."



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