Pacific Highway funding approved

Planning and pre-construction work on the 155 km long section of the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina can begin with the approval of $282 million worth of spending. This funding is expected to create around 1000 direct and indirect jobs for the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales.

The funding will see surveying and terrain modelling on the route, preparing areas with soft soil at Harwood, Broadwater, Woodburn and Tyndale/Maclean. Work will also be needed in detailed planning, land acquisitions and gaining the necessary environmental clearances. The southern end of the Ballina bypass will also be improved with a new 2 km duplicated section including new bridges over the Duck and Emigrant creeks.

The combination of NSW Government funding and the funds from the Federal Government bring the grand total for the work to $564 million.

“Once underway, this multibillion project will reroute the highway to the east of Grafton, build 10 major interchanges, direct new bridges across the Clarence and Richmond rivers as well as installed strategically located wildlife crossings,” said Anthony Albanese, Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. “Already we've committed our share of the funding required to get the job done, and unprecedented $7.9 billion, and over the next 12 months alone, work will begin and continue along more than 165 km of this vital road.”

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