Woolgoolga Creek bridge will be open to traffic before the end of the month.
Woolgoolga Creek bridge will be open to traffic before the end of the month. Contributed

Woolgoolga bypass moves a step closer to reality

THE Woolgoolga Bypass is one step closer to becoming a reality after the Woolgoolga Creek Bridge and overpass opened to traffic this week.

Despite only being a minor road with minimal traffic, a spokeswoman for Roads and Maritime Services said it was an important step in the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade because it will allow for further work to be carried out on the bypass of Woolgoolga.

Electronic signs will be in place to guide motorists through the changes, which will include a new bridge's road and approaches.

The full length of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade is scheduled to open in the second half of next year, weather permitting.

Despite recent wet weather, work on the upgrade is progressing with a number of planned traffic changes scheduled in coming months, weather permitting, including the opening of the Headland Rd overpass to traffic in April; Old Coast Rd, Hunter Close and The Mountain Way traffic moved onto a new local road between Old Coast Rd and the overpass at Headland Rd at Sapphire in April; and the opening of Bark Hut Rd bridge to traffic in May.

A series of major movements of traffic onto new sections of road between Sapphire and Sandy Beach are scheduled for June to allow the next stages of building to continue.

The 25km upgrade extends from Sapphire, immediately north of Coffs Harbour, to Arrawarra, north of Woolgoolga.

The project consists of an upgrade of the existing highway to four lanes with a bypass to the west of Woolgoolga.

For more information on the project visit the project website www.rms.nsw.gov.au/pacific



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