WORK on the Banora Point Pacific Highway upgrade will stop temporarily over Christmas to allow for increased holiday traffic.

The project will be closed from Friday, December 23 until Monday, January 2 but is on schedule to be completed by mid-2012.

As the project draws to a close, Banora Point upgrade alliance general superintendent Nick Williams said it had been one of the most enjoyable and challenging projects he'd worked on.

"To be on one project for over two years and it's only two and a half kilometres you'd think you're going very slow but there's just been so many different challenges on this project and had so many different work crews working in such a tight area has made a real challenge just keeping them all together," Mr Williams said.

"The coordination between all the crews is so important and they've really become a really good team.

"We're hoping by June next year we'll be very close to completion."

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesman said work on the project was going to plan and was well within budget.

Outside of the Christmas and New Year period the project is set to continue into 2012 with ongoing work on Minjungbal and Darlington Drs and the Laura St bridge.

The spokesman said residents could expect controlled blasting, concrete spraying and bulk excavation two days a week near Sexton Hill.

Speed restrictions will also stay in place until the project is finished.

"While work is suspended the roadwork speed limits will remain in place," the spokesman said.

"This is to help maintain road safety while motorists are travelling through work sites."



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