Spectacular view: Pacific Hwy inches closer to finish
THE Pacific Highway redevelopment is inching closer to completion, with a finish date of late 2020 confirmed.
Yesterday, those inches were no more evident than a concrete paver starting the trip of laying the top layer of concrete on the section between Wells Crossing and Glenugie.
Watched by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, the gigantic machine started its slow march of turning asphalt into road on the eight kilometre section.
Dump trucks led the way, unloading concrete batched on site in the path of the concrete paver.
The huge machine then spreads, compacts and vibrates the concrete and provides a 260mm concrete course that forms the top layer of the road.
Just behind, another similar sized machine lays the top layer which provides the finish and other aspects such as slip resistance to the new road.
While the machine looks like it moves at a snail pace, it lays around 130 cubic metres of concrete an hour, or around 1.5 metres of road every minute. If conditions allow it can pave up to 800 metres of pavement at a time.
In this section of road, contractors Lend Lease are using a newly trialled base, which is made from 15 per cent recycled glass.
The glass is sourced from the Lismore City Council recycling centre, and is crushed and washed before providing the base - which was previously trialled near the Wardell section of the upgrade with excellent results.
The Woolgoolga to Ballina project is now 89 per cent complete, with 88km of the 155km now open to traffic, including the recent opening of the Glenugie to Tyndale section.