The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade is Australia’s largest regional infrastructure project and will duplicate 155 kilometres to four-lane divided road. The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade. Roads and Maritime Services, Pacific Complete and its contractor partners are working together to deliver the upgrade.
The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade includes more than 170 bridges as part of the 155 kilometre upgrade. Major crossings are being built over the Clarence and Richmond rivers as well as new or replacement bridges over existing creeks, underpasses and overpasses.
When complete, the 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina project will:
- Reduce overall length from 180 kilometres to 167 kilometres, saving about 13 kilometres in travel distance
- Allow for a higher posted speed limit of up to 110 km/h
- Reduce travel time from 130 minutes to about 105 minutes, saving 25 minutes
- Reduce crash rates by an expected 27 per cent due to divided carriageways
- Improve travel reliability through better flood immunity, fewer incidents and more readily available alternative routes.
Quickway is contracted to deliver 23 bridge structures over 13 locations between the Richmond River and Pimlico. Our scope includes:
- Construct bridgework – including substructure, superstructure and finishing works, together with backfilling, drainage, approach slabs, subgrade beams, erection of precast components, supply and installation of pre-moulded epoxy mortar block and steel plates and all associated temporary work;
- Construct civil work – including earthworks, scour protection at the piers and abutments, drainage, subsoil and pavement drainage, management of ASS/PASS material and erosion and sedimentation controls