Tintenbar to Ewingsdale
The Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway upgrade is approximately 17 kilometres in length starting at the northern end of the Ballina bypass at Ross Lane and extending to the Ewingsdale interchange.
The project was approved for construction in January 2010.
Baulderstone Pty Ltd have been awarded the contract to design and build the project.
- Improved road safety.
- Uninterrupted highway traffic flow.
- Easy access on and off the highway for local traffic.
- Interchanges for motorists to safely enter and exit the highway.
- A four lane divided road, with a wide median allowing for the future addition of a third lane in each direction when required.
- A motorway standard highway with a 110 km/h speed limit and no access for traffic between interchanges.
- Separated local traffic and highway traffic by providing a continuous alternative local road link between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale for school buses and motorists who do not wish to use the upgraded highway.
What's happening during March to May 2013
- Continue clearing of vegetation, bulk earthworks, installation of erosion and sediment control, fencing, drainage installation, construction of box culverts and water quality basins.
- Continue construction of bridges at Minor, Emigrant, Skinners, Byron and Tinderbox Creeks and Broken Head Road.
- Continue controlled blasting at the southern tunnel portal and start controlled blasting at the northern tunnel portal.
- Commence St Helena tunnel excavation operations.
- Complete construction of ancillary site compounds at Ewingsdale and commence site compound construction at Minor Creek and the southern tunnel portal.
- Continue local road upgrades at Bangalow Road.
- Complete local road upgrade of Tinderbox Road.
- Start construction of further site access gates at Newrybar and Bangalow.
- Implement temporary traffic diversion along Broken Head Road.
- Continue work on the Pacific Highway at Bangalow and Ewingsdale to establish a contra-flow traffic arrangement.
- Continue rock crushing operations near Ross Lane, the old fish farm, William Flick Drive and the tunnel portals.