Major Bangalow Road interchange work scheduled
14 August 2015
Joint release with:
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
Federal Member for Page
NSW Parliamentary Secretary for North Coast
Major traffic changes are planned for the Bangalow Road interchange as part of the final stages of the $862 million Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the start of the final stages of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade were an important step towards the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
“The Australian Government is investing $5.64 billion towards completing the Pacific Highway upgrade by the end of the decade, a key piece of infrastructure in the national road network and the largest single investment in a road in New South Wales,” Mr Truss said.
“The Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade will construct 17 kilometres of four-lane divided highway, linking the Ballina bypass to the existing dual carriageway at Ewingsdale.
“The upgrade will improve economic efficiency and increase national productivity by improving road safety and reducing travel times.”
New South Wales Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade would be open to traffic before the end of the year.
“This is great news for the thousands of motorists who travel north for the summer break—the opening will improve travel times and safety for all road users,” Mr Gay said.
“Work started on this section in 2012 and in around three years it has been completed which just shows how hard we're working to get the upgrade opened as soon as possible.
“This upgrade not only benefits motorists, it has and will continue to provide a strong boost for the region with 1,200 direct and 3,800 indirect jobs being supported over the life of this project.”
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said major changes to traffic arrangements were planned to allow the existing Bangalow Road overpass bridge to be removed and the new Bangalow interchange and Clover Hill noise mound to be completed.
“A new interchange is being built at Bangalow Road to improve access to the Pacific Highway as part of the upgrade,” Mr Hogan said.
“Work is well under way on the noise mound which aims to minimise noise impact on the surrounding community. The northbound bridge over Bangalow Road will be removed so work on the noise mound can continue.
“The southbound bridge was removed in September 2013 by cutting the structure into pieces, which were then removed by a crane. The same technique will be used with this project to minimise impact.”
New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis said from Thursday 13 August northbound Pacific Highway traffic would be diverted via the new roundabout on Bangalow Road.
“Bangalow Road will reopen to traffic while work is carried out on the bridge deck to prepare it for removal. A section of Bangalow Road directly under the bridge will be closed overnight from 13–14 August so a barrier and safety screen can be installed to protect road users,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“During the closure motorists will be directed to access Bangalow, Byron Bay and the Pacific Highway (southbound) via the Ewingsdale interchange.
“The bridge will be removed during the evening of Thursday 27 August. At that time Bangalow Road will be closed to traffic to allow a 400 tonne crane to be set up just west of the overpass.”
The Australian Government has committed $566.1 million to the upgrade and the New South Wales Government has committed $295.9 million.
For more information on the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Pacific Highway upgrade visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au.