Motorists will be directed to the Darlington Drive underpass to use the temporary eastern road.
Motorists will be directed to the Darlington Drive underpass to use the temporary eastern road. Blainey Woodham

Bridges go in road revamp

DEMOLITION of twin bridges over Minjungbal Drive will begin on Monday with completion scheduled for 10pm Tuesday, according to NSW Roads Minister David Borger.

Northbound Pacific Highway traffic accessing South Tweed will be required to use the Banora Point exit onto the Darlington Drive underpass and travel north along the temporary eastern road.

Minjungbal Drive traffic accessing the Pacific Highway southbound will use the temporary eastern road to Laura Street and then enter the highway.

Southbound motorists will be diverted onto a new highway bridge over Minjungbal Drive.

“This upgrade will bring major benefits including improved safety on the road, uninterrupted highway traffic flow, reduced travel times and easy access on and off the highway for local traffic,” Mr Borger said.

“Work on the Banora Point upgrade began in 2009 and this represents a key milestone as we move towards the expected completion in December 2012.”

When completed the $359 million upgrade will feature a six-lane carriageway, a 330-metre viaduct across the central valley south of Sexton Hill, realignment of Laura Street to meet with Short Street and the former Pacific Highway at a four-way traffic light intersection. A cycle path upgrade at Banora Point is also part of the highway revamp.

The existing Pacific Highway will be used as a local access road.



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