Bypass black spot?
THE long-awaited Ballina bypass was barely a day old before a truck crashed approaching the newly opened section of road.
At 9pm on Tuesday a B-double travelling on the Pacific Hwy at Ballina overturned at the Teven Rd interchange.
The 32-year-old male driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was not trapped but injured his shoulder, a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said.
He was taken to Ballina District Hospital in a stable condition.
The crash happened just metres from stage two of the Ballina bypass, between Teven Rd and Cumbalum, which was officially opened to traffic at lunchtime on Tuesday.
The crash also came eight days after another truck rolled over in the same area.
Last Monday week a fuel tanker overturned near the same Teven Rd interchange at 7.30am.
The crash, which caused lengthy delays for motorists throughout the day, happened about 50m from Tuesday night's crash.
The driver was uninjured but the road was closed in both directions until the afternoon.
Despite the two crashes, the NSW Road and Maritime Services said it conducted its own heavy vehicle trials around the roundabout and on the newly opened bypass this week.
"Earlier this week Roads and Maritime Services conducted trials which involved driving fully loaded B-double trucks through the newly opened section of the bypass, including the Teven Rd interchange," an RMS spokesman said.
"These trials were successful and showed the new road is safe for heavy vehicles when they are driven responsibly and observe the speed limit."
The spokesman said the bypass was modelled to improve road safety for all road users, including heavy vehicles.
"All sections of the bypass, including the interchanges, have been designed to motorway standards, including an easy-to-navigate route, upgraded lighting, signs, line marking and safety barriers," he said.
The speed limit approaching the Teven Rd interchange is currently 40kmh.
Stage three of the Ballina bypass project, from Teven Rd to the Bruxner Hwy, is due to be completed in March.