Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan said the opening of the northbound lane of the upgraded intersection of the Bruxner and Pacific highways was another milestone in meeting the 2020 deadline for the duplication of the Pacific Highway.
“I am delighted this intersection upgrade is complete. It will minimise delays for motorists and will help make our roads much safer,” Mr Hogan said.
The intersection upgrade, which forms part of the 2.3 kilometre Pimlico to Teven (Stage 2) section of the Ballina to Woolgoolga upgrade, is a core component of the duplication of the Pacific Highway.
Mr Hogan said local motorists had a number of milestones to look forward to in the near future.
“The first stage involved soft soils treatment and work is almost complete on the second stage which includes building a new northbound carriageway to temporarily carry traffic in both directions of the Pacific Highway,” he said.
“This will allow the new southbound carriageway to be built as part of stage three, which will be completed as part of the larger 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade.
“The new Bruxner Highway off ramp for road users travelling northbound on the Pacific Highway has also opened today, improving traffic flow for motorists accessing Lismore and surrounding communities.
“Southbound traffic remains on the existing highway alignment and will be moved onto the future northbound carriageway in coming weeks following the completion of stage two works.”