Ballina bypass taking shape
THE Ballina bypass worksite is a hub of activity with initial construction of the $640 million project well under way.
In the past year the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority has acquired more land to allow for improved road safety and traffic efficiency.
The refined designs are now on display and the community is invited to comment on them.
The changes include the removal of the Bruxner flyover bridge, which will allow for greater separation of the Bruxner and Pacific highway traffic.
Alan Brown, chair of the Ballina Bypass Action Group, said the changes would make the bypass safer.
“The removal of the Bruxner Highway flyover bridge is a very vital change that will continue to service the intersection and make it much safer for those using the road,” Mr Brown said.
“The other changes are only minor ones in the ongoing work of refining the design of the project.
“They won't have a major effect on the outcome of the project, but will make it safer.”
The Ballina bypass will deliver about 12km of safer dual carriageway on the Pacific Highway and is expected to be complete by 2012.
The RTA has formed an alliance with Leighton Contractors, Maunsell AECOM, SMEC and Coffey Geotechnics to design and build the Ballina bypass and, after the consultation period, the alliance will prepare the detailed design for construction.
The refined design is on display at:
- Ballina Shire Council.
- Ballina and Lismore motor registries.
- RTA Pacific Highway Office, Grafton.
- Ballina Bypass Alliance Community Information Centre, corner Teven Road and Pacific Highway, South Ballina.
For more information phone 1800 209 484.