Work begins on Ballina to Woolgoolga stretch of highway upgrade
THE first major milestone on the Woolgoola to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway has begun with the first of two waves of soft soil work underway.
NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the soft soil treatment is being carried out on sections of the highway before major building work starts.
"These works will ensure the upgrade is opened to traffic on time," he said.
"Soft soil treatment takes time but saves money by improving the long-term performance of the road surface and ride quality for motorists."
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said there was already a wealth of experience in treating soft soils after successfully building the Ballina Bypass.
"That experience will be drawn on to manage soft soil work along the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade.," he said.
"Specific tasks will include installing drains into the soft soil to extract water and building road foundations with granular fill to help the soil settle more quickly.
"Work has started on the first two waves of soft soil work between Whytes Lane and Pimlico and a section between Farlows Lane and Iluka Road.
"Further work will be carried out between Shark Creek and Maclean as well as at Tuckombil Canal, with work on both sections expected to commence by mid 2016."
The soft soil works are being delivered under the $564.6m Woolgoolga to Ballina Planning and Preconstruction works, to which the Australian and NSW governments are each providing $282.3m.
For more information on the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/W2B