Ballina bypass upgrade opens soon
IN just a few weeks, the final section of the Ballina bypass is expected to be open to traffic.
Roads and Maritime Services has advised that the new Bruxner Hwy connection is likely to be finished in April, marking a huge milestone for the $640 million project.
The Bruxner Hwy connection to the new bypass at Pimlico will be realigned via a new bridge over Emigrant Creek.
This will then continue along to meet the Teven interchange roundabout.
Once this new connection opens to traffic, motorists on the Bruxner Hwy will no longer be able to turn right or left on to the Pacific Hwy as with the present arrangement.
Instead drivers must travel to the Teven interchange for access to the northbound or southbound lanes of the Pacific Hwy.
But northbound traffic on the Pacific Hwy can still turn left on to the Bruxner Hwy to head towards Alstonville and Lismore.
The opening of this final section of the Ballina bypass signals the last state of construction work on the long-awaited bypass.
Some of the other milestones of the project include:
The opening of the 4.3km second stage of the bypass, between Teven Rd and Cumbalum, in November last year.
The 5.9 km northern section, from Cumbalum to Ross Lane was opened in March 2011.
The southbound Teven bridge on the Ballina bypass opened in December, with the northbound bridge opened earlier this year.