Balllina bypass bridging the gap
YOU have to see the Ballina bypass project to really understand just how big it is.
Workers on the project last week completed one of many major aspects of the project - moving traffic onto the newly-built Pacific Highway diversion north of Cumbalum and installing the giant Teven Road bridge beams.
An RTA spokesperson said workers were now undertaking bulk earthworks between Ross Lane and the Bruxner Highway, construction of the second span of the balanced cantilever bridge at Emigrant Creek south, piling work for the piers of the Emigrant Creek central bridge, building retaining walls around the Sandy Flat area and the underpass north of Cumbalum, two underpasses at Sandy Flat, building the Ross Lane interchange and work on the Teven Road bridge deck.
In the coming month, activities that are expected to start include a temporary switch of the highway traffic over the new Ross Lane bridge and the installation of bridge beams at the Cumbalum flood relief bridges.
According to the RTA spokesperson the project is expected to open in stages with the opening of the Cumbalum to Ross Lane section slated by late 2010 and the opening of the Bruxner Highway to Cumbalum interchange section by mid-2012.
Nineteen bridges will be built on the bypass.
The next community information session will be held in late September at the Ballina bypass main compound at the corner of Teven Road and Pacific Highway, West Ballina.