Four years on, Ballina Bypass opens to traffic

Federal Government caps off four-year infrastructure project, with the opening of the Ballina Bypass in NSW

April 30, 2012

A new 12km bypass in the NSW region of Ballina is due to open this week, capping off a four-year project aimed at improving safety and travel times for locals and those using the Pacific Highway.

The third and final stage of the bypass connecting Teven Road to the Bruxner Highway has been completed, giving motorists direct access to the Pacific Highway north and southbound and to Ballina via River Street.

Page MP Janelle Safin says the completed bypass means those travelling on the Pacific Highway can now avoid five roundabouts, multiple traffic lights and 60km/h speed zones.

"The opening of the Bruxner Highway connection at Pimlico will see traffic travel on a new bridge over Emigrant Creek south to meet the recently opened Teven Road interchange roundabout," Safin says.

The Federal Government pumped $450 million into the project, with $190 coming from NSW.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the bypass delivers 110km/h motorway standard route and the full separation of the Bruxner and Pacific highways.

He says the project involved building 10 bridges spanning a total of 2.6km.

The bypass is part of the Pacific Highway duplication process, and Albanese says focus will now shift north with work to begin on the 17km Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section, which will start early next year.

"The Pacific Highway duplication is currently the nation’s largest single road project, with more than 1600 workers onsite right now upgrading 69km of road," he says.

The opening of the bypass means motorists can no longer turn right onto the Bruxner Highway from the Pacific Highway to access Alstonville and Lismore.

Northbound and southbound access to the Pacific Highway will now be via the new Teven Road interchange. Bruxner Highway motorists will no longer be able to turn right or left onto the Pacific Highway.

Motorists using the Teven Road roundabout from Ballina travelling to Alstonville and Lismore or Teven Road need to follow the new route’s signs on the roundabout. Northbound Pacific Highway motorists will still be able to turn left onto the Bruxner Highway to access Alstonville and Lismore.

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