Scenery change as works begin
DRIVERS travelling between Coffs Harbour and Grafton now have a different view, with tree felling, earthmoving and trucks now easily seen from the road.
The Glenugie upgrade project is about 15km south of Grafton and work is being carried out from south of Franklins Road to Eight Mile Lane.
The 17km upgrade is part of the larger Wells Crossing to Iluka Road Pacific Highway upgrade.
Once current clearing and drainage work is completed, general earthworks will start.
An RTA spokesperson said motorists would not be affected by the works this year.
“In early 2011, traffic will be switched onto the new southbound road under a two-way traffic arrangement while work is carried out on the northbound section,” he said.
“Work on the upgrade started in December 2009 ... and is expected to be open to traffic by mid 2011.”
Other work on the Pacific Highway includes:
Coopernook to Herons Creek: Building is well advanced on the 33km upgrade between Coopernook and Herons Creek, with bypasses of Kew and Moorland already opened and a bypass of Johns River expected to open to traffic later this week.
Kempsey bypass: Building has started on a 14.5 km bypass, with early work including house-raising and the building of stock mounds in the flood plain area.
Sapphire to Woolgoolga: Preliminary work has started on the section between Sapphire and Woolgoolga, including utility relocation and continuing property acquisitions.
Ballina bypass: Building is well advanced on an 11.5km bypass of Ballina, with the opening of the Cumbalum to Ross Lane section targeted for late 2010.
Banora Point: Building has begun on a further 2.5km upgrade.