Bridge opening marks milestone in Pacific Highway upgrade
ANOTHER milestone in the Ewingsdale to Tintenbar Pacific Highway upgrade was realised yesterday with the official opening of the Broken Head Rd overbridge by Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan.
Mr Hogan was joined by Ballina MP Don Page for the opening of the bridge, which spans the highway upgrade at Newrybar, at the western end of Broken Head Rd.
Wes Stevenson of Roads and Maritime Services said the bridge was opened to alternating traffic on Wednesday and contractors were working hard to complete the freeway underneath.
The bridge is one of 11 on the 17km section of the $862 million highway upgrade.
Mr Hogan said while wet weather had delayed the start of the project, it was still on track to be completed next year.
"The Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Pacific Highway upgrade started in September 2012 and is expected to be open to traffic in late 2015," he said.
"Once complete this project will significantly enhance driver safety, reduce travel times and improve efficiency for industry, local residents and commuters."
Mr Page said the upgrade was Australia's largest regional road infrastructure project, with the entire Pacific Highway due for completion by 2020.
Mr Page said the upgrade was providing an economic boost for the region, with the project supporting 1200 direct and 3800 indirect jobs over the three year construction period.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Warren Truss, said the federal government had contributed $566.1 million toward the upgrade.
He said this was an example of the government's commitment to delivering safer, more efficient roads for local, freight and commuter traffic.