Arrawarra Interchange Opening to Traffic

Media Release

WT059/2014

17 April 2014

Joint release with:

Ray Williams

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads

Luke Hartsuyker

Federal Member for Cowper

The opening of the Arrawarra interchange to traffic this week is another big step forward in upgrading the Sapphire to Woolgoolga section of the Pacific Highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Arrawarra interchange was an important feature of the $850 million section upgrade.

“I am pleased to announce that earlier this week the northbound off ramp at the Arrawarra interchange was opened and all four lanes will be fully operational,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is committed to getting on with Pacific Highway upgrades that will improve road safety and reduce travel times for motorists.”

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the Sapphire to Woolgoolga project is jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $705 million and the New South Wales Government providing $145 million.

“Given this project has severely disrupted local traffic, I know residents on the northern beaches will look forward to the opening of Sapphire to Woolgoolga mid-way through this year,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The combination of local and through traffic makes this one of the busiest sections of the highway, but we will soon have a dual carriageway to cope with these high traffic volumes.”

New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads Ray Williams said the Arrawarra interchange was one of two works components to reach a major milestone on the Pacific Highway this week.

“The third and final major traffic change opened one lane of new highway in each direction between the southern end of the project at Korora and south Woolgoolga,” Mr Williams said.

“Once complete, the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade will provide about 25 kilometres of four lane divided highway from Campbell Close at Sapphire Beach to Arrawarra Beach Road at Arrawarra.”

The upgrade includes a bypass of Woolgoolga and interchanges at Sapphire Beach, Moonee Beach, Emerald Beach, South Woolgoolga and Arrawarra.