The latest section of the Pacific Highway upgrade opened yesterday afternoon. Traffic started using the northern section of the Ballina Bypass. The almost six kilometres of road runs between Cumbalum and Ross Lane.
Federal minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says it’s a major milestone in completing the important project.“This is a great day. From 1:00pm (ADST) the northern section of the Ballina Bypass is open to traffic. That’s great news for people on the north coast. This is a section of what will be a much larger bypass. This is a great project for the north coast,” the minister said.
The Minister also commented that the opening has occurred many months earlier than originally scheduled thanks to the Federal Labor Government’s decision to bring forward $100 million in their very first budget.
Once fully completed in 2012, this new piece of road infrastructure will improve safety, cut travel times by up to 12 minutes and ease congestion on the streets of Ballina.