Ballina Bypass creates highway detour
THE Pacific Highway will take a new turn today with the opening of the Cumbalum switch section of the Ballina bypass, north of the town.
North of Deadmans Creek Road, highway traffic will be permanently diverted on to the new alignment and under the Cumbalum interchange bridges.
The existing Pacific Highway will be closed just south of Cumbalum Road.
Ballina Bypass Alliance community relations manager, Sanjin Muhic, said the changes took effect today, weather permitting.
“Pacific Highway traffic will be permanently switched on to a newly-built deviation on the eastern side of the new highway, between Deadmans Creek Road and the new floodplain bridges at Cumbalum,” he said.
“This will allow for construction of the new permanent alignment of the bypass north of Emigrant Creek at this location.”
The opening of this section of the highway was not expected to happen until some time next month.
It comes after weeks of major construction works.
The RTA has warned motorists to take care around the new traffic changes.
Other work expected to be done between the Bruxner Highway and the Cumbalum interchange this year will include:
A temporary traffic diversion at the Teven Road intersection with the Pacific Highway, which will allow a new interchange to be built;
The building of the Bruxner Highway bridge over Emigrant Creek;
The building of bridges over Teven Road and the Cumbalum interchange and the continuation of work on other bridges over Emigrant Creek, as well as three flood relief bridges north of Teven Road.
THE BALLINA BYPASS: VITAL INFORMATION
The bypass will provide 12.4km of dual carriageway from the intersection of the Bruxner and Pacific highways, to the intersection with Ross Lane at Tintenbar.
It will cost at least $640 million.
The bypass is still on track to be completed by the end of 2012.
The treatment of soft soils has been a major issue – the RTA says the Ballina bypass has been one of their most challenging projects.