Construction a 'complex task'

THE opening of the Ballina bypass follows the opening in March of the Cumbalum and Ross Lane section, with work on the two kilometres south of Teven Rd on track to be completed early next year.

Pacific Highway Alliance leadership team engineer Brett Smythe said it was a "complex task" to create dual carriageway roads between the Bruxner Hwy and Tintenbar.

"We're not finished yet because we've still got another traffic staging to be done in December and then another next year so the job is not done yet," he said.

The Pacific Hwy duplication is currently the nation's largest single road project, with more than 1600 workers upgrading 69km of road. The project will deliver a 110kmh speed limit road surface and full separation of the Bruxner and Pacific Hwys.

It will also involve erecting 10 bridges, with a collective span of 2.6km and moving 1.4 million cubic metres of earth.

Work on the multi-million-dollar Tintenbar-to-Ewingsdale section will kick off early next year.

Page MP Janelle Saffin said residents affected by the stage-three redevelopment should pay attention to coming updates from the Roads and Maritime Services.

"It's progressing well and it's progressing fast because there is a substantial amount of money in the Federal Budget to make sure it gets under way," she said.

"So I say to residents it's a great thing to be happening, there will be some impacts and as long as they have all the information they can deal with them, but it's all about improving our area and improving our safety."

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