Feb 11, 2012

More of the Ballina Bypass completed and opened

Work on the new Ballina Bypass is quickly approaching the finishing line following the official commissioning of one of the last remaining components of this new piece of modern road infrastructure: the Teven Road overpass.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said from today traffic heading north will be able to use the Teven Road overpass to easily and safely exit the Pacific Highway and access areas nearby.

“The Ballina Bypass is no longer just an aspiration or line on a map of future possibilities.  It’s now a real road being used by real cars and trucks delivering real benefits to those who rely on the Highway as well as the local residents of Ballina,” said Mr Albanese.

“Indeed, it has already taken more than 500 trucks and 6,500 cars a day off the local street of this Northern River town, with obvious benefits for the quality of life of its residents.”

Representing Mr Albanese at today’s event, Page MP Janelle Saffin said the progress that’s been made on this project, and the fact it’s on track to be completed six months ahead of schedule, was particularly satisfying given this was one of her key commitments priors to being elected the local member.

“In 2007, Mr Albanese supported my election commitment that a Federal Labor Government would provide the majority of the funding needed to build the Ballina Bypass, and we have delivered,” said Ms Saffin.

“Seeing yet another stage up and running is great news.”

The new Ballina Bypass is a jointly funded project, with the Federal Government contributing $450 million and NSW Government a further $190 million.

NSW Minister for Local Government and the North Coast Don Page said both levels of government were getting on with the job of delivering safer roads along the State’s north coast.

“Work on the final section of the new bypass, the Bruxner Highway connection, is progressing at a pace and is expected to be completed in April, weather permitting,” said Mr Page.

“I thank the local community for its patience over the last three years while construction of the bypass has been taken place.  I would also remind motorists that until the road surface settles, the speed limit on the new overpass will be restricted to 80 km/hr.

Electronic signs will be in place to warn motorists of the reduce speed limit and to help guide them through the traffic changes and exit options along the new bypass.”

For more information go to: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/pacific.