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I think we really need an appropiate thread for transport seperate from building and urban developments thread for North Coast area. There are numerous transport upgrades along Pacific Hwy, Ballina Airport expansion, Coffs Harbour Highway Upgrade, Ballina Bypass, Alstonville Bypass, Summerland Way extension, Northern Rivers commuter rail upgrade.

Firstly of all, on Lismore Echonews site have an article on start of Alstonville Bypass before the end of this year:

RTA to call bypass tenders

By Dave Fawkner
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The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority could call tenders for the construction of the Alstonville bypass as early as next month, following the release of $13.6 million for the project in last week’s federal budget.
But the long-awaited announcement was not without its dramas, according to Alstonville Bypass Action Group member Marilyn Perkins.
“When we heard that only $13.6m had been allocated we thought we’d been dudded again,” Mrs Perkins said. “It’s since been made clear to us by the government and the RTA that this money is to allow tenders to be called and work to begin.
“We have been assured that the remainder of the funding will be provided through the AusLink 2 program in 2009/10.”
Mrs Perkins said while the Alstonville Bypass Action Group was delighted with the announcement they still had concerns about the time it had taken and what they were likely to get for their money.
“When this was proposed around 1998 the cost was estimated to be $22m, when the minister signed off on it in 2001 it had risen to $36m and now, seven years later, it has reached $90m,” she said.
“What we’ll get for that is essentially a 5.4km two-lane road, possibly with footpaths and a cycleway, but that’s not clear.
“We were also worried that the whole thing would have to go through the Environmental Impact Statement process again because it has been so long since it was written. However, there is no sunset clause attached to the EIS and I believe the RTA will merely carry out a review of the existing document.”
Work on the bypass is expected to start before the end of this year and take 18 months to complete.
Confirming that the RTA was about to call tenders for the bypass, Page MP Janelle Saffin said the government was honouring an election commitment.
“We’ve released some of that $90m commitment early because we regard the Alstonville bypass as a significant and long overdue road project,” Ms Saffin said. “We want work to begin as soon as possible and I can’t foresee any impediments to tenders being called and work starting to in the 2008/09 financial year.”
Ms Saffin congratulated the Alstonville Bypass Action Group for keeping the project in the public eye for many years.
“When completed, the bypass will be of benefit to all Alstonville plateau residents as well as commuters who travel between Lismore and the coast,” she said.


“What we’ll get for that is essentially a 5.4km two-lane road, possibly with footpaths and a cycleway, but that’s not clear.
What the hell? Two laned road isn't necessary! I wouldn't handle that for bypassing Alstonville and Wollingbar with cycle/footpath next to it. It seems not going to be dual carriageway. It's making the road as arterial road like a usual Pacific Hwy through Ballina and Bruxner Hwy through Lismore.

I would objection this upgrade to four-laned dual carriageway as suitable for overtaking vehicles and safety.

Source: http://www.echonews.com/index.php?page=View Article&article=21754&issue=341
 

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I agree, BSD, good thread.

Keep us updated with all the happenings north of Grafton, eh? :)

But please post the source (url) of what you have posted, e.g. newspaper articles.
 

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Might as well make it for anything between Newcastle and Coolangatta (non inclusive) ;)
 

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bong lovers said:
“What we’ll get for that is essentially a 5.4km two-lane road, possibly with footpaths and a cycleway, but that’s not clear.
By the way, the design of the road was completed about 5 or 6 years ago so I don't know if the pot-smoking is affecting their memory or what.

The road will be a controlled access road, one lane in each direction with an overtaking lane in each direction (iirc) and a couple of at-grade intersections. The road corridor is wide enough for a dual carriageway road to be constructed.

No direct property access will be allowed as the corridor has been proclaimed a controlled access road and, as it appears to be the ultimate location for the road, I doubt that the RTA will allow any other at-grade intersections. So it won't become like Ballina or Lismore.

Now I wish I had a copy of the EIS.
 

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This thread will need to be renamed to #Transport Projects: NSW North Coast and yes, would basically cover anything north of Newcastle to the border. BSD, you might want to click edit on some of your transport posts in the NSW thread and copy that edit into here. This will be interesting...
 

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This thread is going to last a very long time. By the time the Pacific Highway is completely upgraded (especially from Coffs Harbour to the border) we will all be old a grey.

Along with the other transport projects rumoured to be built it will last a long time indeed.
 

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On Northern Star news briefs. Has announced our airport extension has started works today. The design of SHA Architects are here to get in gear for construction from the plan.
Only six months to get it all done. Pretty long time for this first stage.
 

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RTA has designed and funded four new traffic lights intersections at Kerr/Fox Street, Kerr Street/Bangalow Road, Kerr/River Street and North Creek Road/Pacific Highway. There also several more intersections are listed which isn't funded yet or so. There is currently three new lights for HomeWorld adjacent to Pacific Hwy in West Ballina in 2011/12.

For Pacific Pines Estate expansion, Petrac has added two proposal traffic light intersections within Main Street and Hutley Drive.

For Cumbalum Urban Town Plan, there will be several roundabouts and traffic light intersections to be planted before 2016.
 

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Ballina bypass could be finished by 2012


The opening of the Ballina bypass interchange between the Bruxner Highway turn-off and the Cumbalum interchange is predicted to occur in 2012, after the Australian and NSW governments reaffirmed their commitment to the joint upgrade of the Pacific Highway with the official announcement of the start of preliminary site work on the Ballina bypass project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and NSW Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal have announced that work had begun on establishing the site office and construction area at Teven Road and Ross Lane for the construction of the Ballina bypass upgrade.

Construction teams will then begin clearing the site, the installation of erosion and sediment controls and fencing next month.

“Thanks to $100 million delivered in the Rudd Labor Government’s first budget, construction on this project will begin at least 12 months earlier than scheduled,” Mr Albanese said.

“The Ballina bypass project is 12.4km long and will extend from the south of Ballina at the intersection of the Bruxner and Pacific highways to north of Ballina at the intersection of Ross Lane at Tintenbar.

“The bypass will be significantly shorter than the current 19km route through Ballina and will offer a travel time saving up to 12 minutes for Pacific Highway traffic.

“It will deliver significant improvements in road safety, providing an improved alignment at Tintenbar Hill, removal of the high-speed traffic out of Ballina township and separate Bruxner Highway traffic from the Pacific Highway traffic.

“The Rudd Labor Government has committed to invest $2.45 billion in upgrading this critical piece of national infrastructure – three times what the previous government allocated over a similar period of time.”

Mr Roozendaal said the bypass would reduce traffic congestion by directing highway vehicles away from seven roundabouts, a set of traffic lights, numerous minor intersections and a 60 km speed zone.

“Long lead times are required to stabilise soft soil sections of the Richmond River before the main pavement can be constructed,” he said.

The project will be opened in stages which will be:

Opening of the Cumbalum to Ross Lane section by late 2010
Opening of the Bruxner Highway to Cumbalum interchange by mid 2012.

Further information is available from the Pacific Highway section of the RTA website at http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au
Source: http://www.ballina.info/blog/2008/05/28/ballina-bypass-could-be-finished-by-2012/

Interesting news for us. The major town plan for Cumbalum would get set straight to construction date due to northern section of Ballina BYpass.
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Alstonville bypass expected to open in 2010



Tenders for construction of the Alstonville bypass will be called later this year and the bypass is expected to be open to traffic around the end of 2010.

The Australian and NSW Ministers responsible for delivering new road infrastructure last week inspected the Alstonville bypass site on the Bruxner Highway following the Federal Budget announcement of funding to start construction.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and NSW Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal met with Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin and members of the Alstonville Bypass Committee.

“Thanks to the $13.6 million delivered in the Rudd Labor Government’s first budget, I can confirm that construction of the Alstonville bypass will start this year,” said Mr Albanese.

“The Alstonville bypass will clear a bottleneck on the road between Ballina and Lismore and assist in getting trucks and through traffic out of the urban area.

“Our $13.6 million is a down-payment to get work started – we will provide $90 million in total to build the Alstonville bypass.

“This is about the Rudd Labor Government delivering on its election commitments and fixing Australia’s over-stretched transport networks.”

Mr Roozendaal said the project involved a 6.6km bypass of the Bruxner Highway at Alstonville.

The bypass will begin at Sneaths Road, Wollongbar and rejoin the highway at the Tropical Fruit Research Station at Perrys Hill, east of Alstonville.

“The Alstonville bypass will provide significant benefits, including faster travel times for local and highway traffic and better traffic flow along the existing highway,” Mr Roozendaal said.

“The project will also reduce waiting times at intersections, reduce vehicle operating costs and lower emissions.

“Residents of Alstonville and Wollongbar will benefit from reduced traffic congestion and better pedestrian access and safety.”

PICTURE: At the announcement in Alstonville last week were Ballina Shire Councillor David Wright, Page MP Janelle Saffin and Bypass Action Group member Bob Wilson.
Source: http://www.ballina.info/blog/2008/05/28/alstonville-bypass-expected-to-open-in-2010/

Another great news. Both northern section of Ballina Bypass and Alstonville Bypass will open in same year. Thanks for NSW RTA funds. This will be HUGE benefit for urban expansions for both Alstonville/Wollongbar and Ballina areas.
 

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NSW boosts Pacific Hwy spending

ABC Radio
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/05/29/2258758.htm

Work is being accelerated on making the Pacific Highway a dual carriageway. Annual funding for work on the Pacific Highway upgrade will be boosted by 37 per cent in next week's New South Wales Budget.

The highway will receive an extra $166 million, bringing the total funding for the next financial year to $613 million.

"The Pacific Highway is around 660 kilometres long. Over 260 kilometres is now dual carriageway and there's around another 90 kilometres that is under construction," he said.
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The full story mentions a competion date of 2016 for the entire length.
My breath is not being held. We shall see.
 

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I think what meant is the Pacific Highway section between Hexham and the QLD Border is 660km long - not the whole highway :lol:
 

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I'll believe it when I see it.
 

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NSW boosts Pacific Hwy spending
They have to - the Auslink funding agreement requires NSW contribute 50/50 with the Commonwealth, and the last Commonwealth budget announced an increase in Pacific Highway funding.

Note that when this same even happened but the Coalition was in power federally, the NSW government had a little public hissy fit for a while before falling into line... politics.
 
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