New South Wales, News, Road upgrades

$20 million in safety upgrades completed on Big River Way

A $20 million program of safety improvements to the Big River Way (previously the Pacific Highway) is now complete on the 42-kilometre section of road between Glenugie and Tyndale.

The safety upgrades include:

  • the installation of centre median wire rope barriers at Glenugie
  • the installation of roadside barriers, wide centreline and full pavement rehabilitation between Six Mile and Reillys lanes
  • installation of wide centreline and full pavement rehabilitation at Bom Bom south of Grafton
  • removal of trees from within the clear zone and shoulder widening at Oppys Gully
  • removal of trees and placement of roadside safety barrier north of Eight Mile Lane
  • upgrading of safety barriers at Cowper and;
  • pavement rehabilitation, shoulder widening, installation of a one metre wide median and safety barrier installation between Cowells Lane and Cowper

“The Big River Way, as the former Pacific Highway, carried large volumes of traffic, making it difficult to carry out major improvements without impacting heavily on motorists,” said Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison.

“The opening of the Pacific Motorway has reduced traffic volumes on the Big River Way significantly, allowing us to complete these much-needed projects.”

Prior to the Pacific Motorway opening, approximately 10,000 vehicles passed through places like Ulmarra each day, including about 2000 heavy vehicles.

“Since the motorway opened, the number of vehicles has fallen by between about 5000 to 6500 vehicles a day, including heavy vehicles, a massive boost for safety and easing congestion for local motorists,” Aitchison added.

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