The Maclean Interchange is due to open in August as the final section of the $15 billion Pacific Highway upgrade, Woolgoolga to Ballina, comes close to completion.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Maclean interchange opening would further transform local journeys by providing safe and efficient access to the new road.
“The Woolgoolga to Ballina project is the final piece of the $15 billion Pacific Highway upgrade to make the journey safer from Hexham to the Queensland border,” McCormack said.
“Since the Pacific Highway upgrade program started 20 years ago, the number of fatalities on the highway annually has dropped dramatically, from more than 50 each year to less than 20 last year.”
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the opening of the Maclean interchange was an exciting milestone with full duplication of the highway on track to be completed later this year.
“As part of the change, the western roundabout and overpass bridge will open and the temporary diversions in place at Edwards Creek and Jubilee Street will be removed,” Hogan said.
“Both Jubilee Street and Cameron Street will permanently close to through traffic and local access will be via the new interchange.”
Electronic message signs will provide route information, and motorists should be aware of traffic management and reduced speed limits though the area while work continues to build the upgrade.
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