Keeping tabs on the bypass
TWO busloads of community members toured the Ballina bypass yesterday, gaining a valuable insight into how much work has been done and how much work remains on the $640 million project.
Recently completed works include the Teven Road "gateway" roundabout - a major undertaking which is now open to traffic.
Repairs to a collapsed section of the northbound shoulder on Tamarind Drive (the old Pacific Highway) at the corner of Old Bangalow Road at Tintenbar will be completed during July.
An RTA spokesperson said all bridges across the bypass will be completed in the near future, as well as work from Cumbalum to Ross Lane.
Local traffic will begin to use Smith Drive, with the completion of kerbing and street lighting.
Chairman of the Ballina Bypass Ready Taskforce Glenn Costello said it was great to see the progress.
"It's just good to see how it's all coming together," he said.
"Being able to go on site is such a good opportunity for the community - the Ballina Bypass Alliance has done an exceptional job in engaging with people through these bus tours and the community information sessions.
"They have gone to a lot of effort to keep people informed and to help people understand how the project's going.
"We are all really looking forward to being able to celebrate the opening of the Ballina bypass in about 12 months time."
At the moment about 200 people work on the Ballina bypass, but to date more than 4000 workers have played a part.
The 12km stretch of road is expected to be open to traffic in mid-2012.