Visible progress: Work continues with minimal delays on two huge concrete overpasses spanning Teven Road on the 12km-long four-lane bypass just south of Ballina.
Visible progress: Work continues with minimal delays on two huge concrete overpasses spanning Teven Road on the 12km-long four-lane bypass just south of Ballina. Jay Cronan

Tenders called for upgrade

THE upgraded Pacific Highway is expected to start creeping south from the Ballina Bypass next year with tenders being called to upgrade a two-kilometre stretch of road south of the bypass.

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the work was being run by the NSW Government and would involve the construction of a new bridge over Duck and Emigrant creeks, the upgrade of the Pacific/Bruxner Highway junction, the duplication of a two-kilometre stretch of the Pacific Highway, from Pimlico to Teven, and a 1.3km stretch of the Bruxner Highway.

"The progress being made on this project adds to extensive work that's already underway on what is the most complex and expensive road project ever undertaken in Australia, one to which this Federal Labor Government has already committed $7.9 billion in funding," Mr Albanese said.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said work to prepare the soils in the area for the upgrade was already underway and being done by the Ballina Bypass Alliance.

The ministers said the contract was expected to be awarded mid-year, with work to begin early next year.


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