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Ballina Bypass Creates Highway Detour

Northern Star April 28th 2010 – Rebecca Lollback

The Pacific Highway will take a new turn today Wednesday 28th April 2010 with the opening of the Cumbalum switch section of the Ballina bypass, north of the town. North of Deadmans Creek Road, highway traffic will be permanently diverted onto the new alignment and under the Cumbalum interchange bridges. The existing the Pacific Highway will be closed just south of Cumbalum Road.

Ballina By pass alliance community relations manager, Sanjin Muhic, said the changes took effect today (Wednesday 28th April), weather permitting. “Pacific Highway traffic will be permanently switched on to a newly-built deviation on the eastern side of the new highway, between Deadmans Creek Road and the new floodplain bridges at Cumbalum, he said”. “This will allow for construction of the new permanent alignment of the bypass north of Emigrant Creek at this location”. The opening of this section of the highway was not expected to happen until some time next month. It comes after weeks of major construction works. The RTA has warned motorists to take car around the new traffic changes.

Other work expected to be done between the Bruxner Highway and the Cumbalum interchange this year will include; A temporary traffic diversion at the Teven Road intersection with the Pacific Highway, which will allow a new interchange to be built; The building of the Bruxner Highway bridge of Emigrant Crek; The building of bridges over Teven Road and the Cumbalum interchange and the continuation of work on the other bridges over Emigrant Creek, as well as three flood relief bridges north of Teven Road.

Ballina Bypass Full Steam Ahead

Northern Star 22nd April 2010 – Rebecca Lollback

It’s full steam ahead for the Ballina bypass, with traffic to be diverted onto the Cumbalum interchange next Wednesday (April 28th 2010). The Ballina Bypass Alliance’s community relations manager Sanjin Muhic, said the changes would take place north of Deadmans Creek Road.

“Pacific Highway traffic will be permanently switched on to a newly-built deviation on the eastern side of the new highway between the Deadmasn Creek Road and the new floodplain bridges at Cumbalum”, he said. “This will allow for construction of the new permanent alignment of the bypass north of Emigrant Creek at this location”.  An extra half a kilometer of the Pacific Highway will be now upgraded as part of the Ballina bypass project. It would have been part of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade, but the Department of Planning this month approved the Ballina Bypass Alliance to do the work. Mr Muhic said it would provide a ‘safer connection’. “It will facilitate an easier continuation of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade”, he said. “Due to the late addition of this scope of works, we hope to have it completed by early 2011. “It will provide better design outcomes for the project”. Other works remains on tract for the entire 12km dual carriageway to be completed by the end of 2012.

Controlled blasting of the solid basalt rock at the Northern end of the bypass should be finished by the end of next month. Mr Muhic also said there had been successful paving trials at Upper Sandy Flat, near the Ross Lane bridge, and this would be followed by landscaping works. Soil settlement at the Southern end of the bypass is being monitored on a fortnightly basis. “People get the false perception that something has gone wrong because not a lot is happening at that end”, Mr Muhic said. “That’s why we’ve installed a couple of signs explaining that the soil is settling – to let people know that we have not run out of money or forgotten about it”.

Important Information

The Ballina bypass once fully completed will provide 12.4km of dual carriageway from the intersection of the Bruxner Highway and the Pacific Highway to the Ross Lane intersection at Tintenbar.  The cost will total to around $640 million dollars and is still on tract to be completed by the end of 2012.

For more information on the Ballina Bypass visit http://www.pacifichighwayupgrade.com.au/ballinabypass/

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