Safety first for Ballina bypass

An aerial photo of work on the Ballina bypass, at the Teven Road interchange.
An aerial photo of work on the Ballina bypass, at the Teven Road interchange. Courtesy Of The RTA

AFTER 1.7 million hours of work between September 2007 and June 2010, no lost-time injuries have been recorded on the Ballina bypass.

That's why the Ballina Bypass Alliance – a joint partnership between the RTA, Leighton Contractors, AECOM, SMEC and Coffey Geotechnics – has won the Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System (Private Sector) Award.

It was announced at the Safe Work Australia Awards in Canberra last week.

General manager of WorkCover's Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson, said the recognition was well deserved.

“A safe workplace is a competitive workplace,” he said.

“BBA has made safety a priority and the project has seen significant benefits as a result.”

The alliance aims to have no injuries throughout the project.

Work currently being carried out on the bypass over the next few weeks includes:

  • Temporarily switching Pacific Highway traffic onto the new Bruxner Highway and Teven Road roundabout;
  • Building a small single-span bridge adjacent to the existing Pacific Highway at Cumbalum;
  • Continuing to build the new alignment of Teven Rd;
  • Landscaping at the Teven Rd interchange gateway and at the Ross Ln western and eastern roundabouts;
  • Building of major culverts south of Teven Rd interchange;
  • Temporary closure of Old Bangalow Rd for work to rectify a section of the northbound shoulder of the old Pacific Highway (now Tamarind Dr).

Meanwhile, work on the Alstonville bypass could be delayed further because of rain.

An RTA spokeswoman said it was hoped the bypass would be open by the end of the month, but that depends on the weather.

“Work currently being carried out includes completing noise wall panel installation, minor asphalt work, general roadside landscaping, line marking and sign installation,” she said.

Topics:  road work safety

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