Stage two of Ballina bypass to open
STAGE two of the Ballina bypass will open to traffic next week.
Roads and Maritime Services today announced the section between the Teven Rd interchange and Cumbalum would now be open to traffic on Tuesday, November 29.
It was expected to open on December 7.
This section includes the actual bypass of the town.
"Stage two (which includes the actual bypass of the town) will now be ready to open to traffic next Tuesday, weather permitting," an RMS spokesperson said.
"The opening date has been brought forward slightly because this is the date the road will be ready to open to traffic and there is no reason to make the Ballina community wait to enjoy all the safety and reduced noise benefits of a township free of Pacific Hwy through traffic.
"The opening also means the tens of thousands of motorists from across NSW who travel along the highway will experience faster, safer and smoother journeys."
Ballina MP Don Page said the $640 million bypass would "save lives, save travel time, reduce congestion in Ballina and reduce pollution".
He also said its construction had created 3880 jobs and been a huge boost to the local economy.
"It's the biggest single infrastructure investment in the electorate to date," he said.
"We have been waiting a long time for this road to be built."
However Mr Page said the next challenge would be to educate people about Ballina being a "great place for a coastal holiday".
A free community fun day to celebrate the completion of the bypass will be held at the Teven Rd bridges on Sunday from 9am-2pm.