New lanes open as part of Pacific Highway upgrade

Motorists travelling to Gold Coast and Brisbane can now use new northbound lanes built as part of Pacific Highway upgrade

May 14, 2012

NSW road users travelling to the Gold Coast and Brisbane can now use new northbound lanes built as part of the latest upgrade of the Pacific Highway.

The lanes have opened as part of the Banora Point section of the highway duplication project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says the Banora Point project is on track to be fully completed later this year.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay says motorists heading north along the highway will now travel on the newly built section at the viaduct bridge between Barneys Point Bridge and Laura Street.

The Banora Point Upgrade is a jointly funded project with the Federal Government contributing $349 million and the NSW Government a further $10 million.

"Once fully completed, the improvements made as part of this multimillion upgrade will deliver smoother, safer driving conditions for the 55,000 vehicles which use this section of highway each day," Albanese says.

"Even more significantly, this project eliminates the last set of traffic lights between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane’s CBD, a distance of almost 400km."

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