Ballina bypass on schedule
WORK on the Ballina bypass is now in full swing.
And with 300 people and sub-contractors brought in to work on the project, the economic benefits are being felt shire-wide, according to Ballina Chamber of Commerce executive officer Nadia Eliott-Burgess.
Ms Eliott-Burgess said Ballina business owners had noticed many of the bypass workers spending money in their shops over the holiday period.
“So the feedback has been good,” she said.
Work on the new highway is now clearly visible at the intersection of the Bruxner and Pacific highways, and again along the Pacific Highway at Sandy Flat. Delays in traffic travelling north and south along the Pacific Highway have been minimal.
RTA spokeswoman Ceijai Leggett said work on the bypass would be completed in two stages.
“The section from Cumbalum, north of Ballina, to Ross Lane, near Tintenbar, is scheduled for completion by late 2010,” she said.
“The remaining section to the Bruxner Highway is scheduled to open in mid-2012.”
Ms Leggett said work currently under way included new drainage, construction of embankments and new bridges at Emigrant Creek South, Teven Road, Cumbalum and Ross Lane.
“Piling and foundation works are progressing well,” she said.
“Construction of the highway's diversion road north of Cumbalum and around Sandy Flat Road is also nearly complete, as well as boundary fencing and vegetation clearing.”
Ms Leggett said construction of the main section of the new highway around Sandy Flat Road was under way.
“Traffic will flow on to the new diversion road, between Old Bangalow Road and Sandy Flat Road, on February 2.”