The first vehicles to use the newly opened Woolgoolga bypass section of the Pacific Hwy head north. Photo: Rob Wright / Coffs Coast Advocate
The first vehicles to use the newly opened Woolgoolga bypass section of the Pacific Hwy head north. Photo: Rob Wright / Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

Deputy PM opens bypass to give Woopi a "peaceful Christmas"

SEEING four men in hi-vis jackets move barricades across a road might not seem like a big deal, but when Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and NSW Transport minister Duncan Gay are involved it's as big as it gets.

Heralding the arrival of the first vehicles to travel south-north on the 10km Woolgoolga bypass just before 11am, a ceremonial ribbon cutting and barrier removal was a small gesture at the end of a big project.

The first completed section of the $850 million Sapphire to Woolgoolga section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade was opened with a welcome to country by Gumbaynggirr man Mark Flanders followed by speeches by Mr Truss and Mr Gay who were joined by local MPs Andrew Fraser and Luke Hartsuyker and Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight.

Then there was the lengthy coordination by Roads and Maritime Services staff to allow traffic to roll down the virgin asphalt.

Mr Truss described the open section as a Christmas present for the people of Woolgoolga.

"Woolgoolga will have its quietest and most peaceful Christmas ever," Mr Truss said.


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