The new section of the four-lane divided highway takes the total of completed upgrades to more than 75 kilometers as a result of the Pacific Highway upgrade project.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the Pacific Highway duplication from Hexham to the Queensland border is the largest road infrastructure project in regional Australia.
“We’re already seeing travel time reductions of around two hours, and fatal crashes on this stretch of highway have halved since the project started,” Mr. Toole said.
“This is about keeping vital infrastructure work moving forward, infrastructure that keeps people employed and regional economies ticking and supports safer, faster journeys for freight operators at a time when it’s critical to keep essential goods flowing.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said vital infrastructure projects would go ahead despite the COVI D -19 pandemic because of their long-term value to regional communities.
“We’re powering ahead with vital infrastructure projects like this because we understand just how important investments are to regional economies in this difficult time,” Mr. McCormack said.
“Contractors will be complying with all relevant health advice to ensure their safety.”
The duplication of the Pacific Highway from Woolgoolga to Ballina is expected to be complete at the end of this year.
The Federal and NSW Governments are jointly funding the $4.95 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade on an 80:20 basis.