300 work on Hwy upgrade, 300 to come
THE number of workers on the 17km Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Pacific Hwy upgrade has grown to 300, and that is expected to double at its peak.
Ongoing work includes clearing, bulk earthworks, building site access gates, work on bridges, drainage, building water quality basins and sediment control.
The upgrade will include twin tunnels 434m long, 19m wide and about 46m below the ridgeline of St Helena Hill. The tunnels will allow the road to be at a much lower level and will help reduce traffic noise.
Small trial blasts were held at the tunnel's southern opening last month to establish the vibration characteristics of the local geology, a spokeswoman for Roads and Maritime Services said.
Further controlled blasting at the southern entrance will start next month and will continue through 2013.
The local community is invited to the next round of information sessions for the project on Tuesday at Bangalow A&I Hall, Station St, at Bangalow. The first meeting will run from noon-2.30pm and the second 5.30pm-8pm.