Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade saw traffic shift due to a major diversion from Graham Dr South to North Sapphire to allow work on the western side. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade saw traffic shift due to a major diversion from Graham Dr South to North Sapphire to allow work on the western side. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Changed lanes on highway upgrade a step forward

THE temporary movement of traffic on the on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade section ensures a quick start on the next section of works.

So said Duty Senator for Cowper, Matt Thistlethwaite, who was pleased nine kilometres of the new road is now open to motorists.

"The traffic switch onto the new section will allow the next stage of work to be carried out on the existing highway, which will eventually become the northbound lanes," Senator Thistlethwaite said.

"The 25 kilometre Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy project extends from Sapphire, immediately north of Coffs Harbour, to Arrawarra, north of Woolgoolga, and will upgrade the existing highway to four lanes with a bypass west of Woolgoolga," Senator Thistlethwaite said.

NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay, said motorists will have noticed changed traffic conditions when the move for southbound traffic took place.

"The change moved Pacific Hwy traffic onto the new road from the intersection of Sugarmill Road at Sapphire and Graham Drive from approximately 550 metres south of Sandy Beach," Mr Gay said.

"It also involved the relocation of several existing local road intersections with the Pacific Highway.

"This temporary change will be in place until mid-next year, when a section of the northbound road is expected to open, weather permitting, allowing final low noise road surfacing to be laid on the southbound lanes"

The Australian Government is providing $683 million to this project while the NSW Government has contributed $145 million.



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