The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade is the final link in the Pacific Highway, between Hexham and the Queensland border, to be upgraded to four lanes. The project includes upgrading the highway to motorway (Class M) or arterial (Class A) standard over its 155 kilometre length, nine interchanges, more than 170 bridges and more than 350 connectivity structures.
The project is being delivered under a delivery partner model which is based largely on the delivery approach used for the construction of the London Olympics infrastructure. This is the first time the Delivery Partner Model has been used for a major Australian infrastructure project.
Transport for NSW engaged Pacific Complete, a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and WSP, as delivery partner for the Glenugie to Ballina bypass section of the upgrade. Pacific Complete has overall responsibility for providing planning, programming, design management, procurement and construction management services in accordance with the Delivery Partner contract.
Once complete, the upgrade will provide safer and more reliable travel, reduce travel times, and improved amenity for local communities.