New bypass in NSW opens

The new Woolgoolga Bypass in northern New South Wales was officially opened this week.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, and the NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay, were on hand to open the 10 kilometre bypass.

“This section bypasses Woolgoolga, Safety Beach and Mullaway, meaning quieter and safer local roads for these communities,” Minister Truss said.

According to Minister Gay, the Australian and NSW governments had jointly funded the duplication of the Pacific Highway since 1996.

“Light vehicles are already saving an average of around 80 minutes travel time and heavy vehicles about 90 minutes, with overall savings expected to increase to 2.5 hours when the entire upgrade is complete,” he said.

The Australian Government has contributed $705 million to the Sapphire to Woolgoolga project and the NSW Government has contributed $145 million.

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