Transport for NSW engaged Pacific Complete, a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and WSP, as delivery partner for this project.
Bypassing South Grafton and Ulmarra, the new road features two new interchanges, new northbound and southbound rest areas at Pine Brush as well as 101 fauna passages and overpass bridges to connect local communities. It joins the recently opened section to the north, between Tyndale and Maclean, making the two sections a combined 48kms of dual carriageway providing a faster and more reliable route for local communities, freight transport, emergency services and holiday-makers.
The bypassed section of highway between Glenugie and Maclean will be renamed Big River Way. Big River Way will continue to connect communities across the region to Grafton, via the new Grafton Bridge. The new name celebrates the Clarence River, as the road and the river follow the same route from Grafton to Maclean.
“The Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade continues to reach new milestones and I am proud to see the progress we are making,” says Paul Goldsmith, WSP’s Major Project Executive.
“The good news is that the Pacific Complete team, which has been working together for five years, continues to deliver despite the challenges of bushfires, floods and COVID-19.
“The Queensland border restrictions have not impacted delivering the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade. As essential workers, our Queensland staff has been able to cross into NSW every week for work.”
The remaining sections of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade will open progressively as they are completed.
To find out more about the W2B Project, click here.
To stay abreast of our latest news, publications, videos and posts, please follow us on LinkedIn.