DRIVERS travelling on the Pacific Hwy at Banora Point will now have easy access to southbound lanes after they were officially opened this morning.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot and Tweed mayor Barry Longland opened the lanes of the Banora Point upgrade.
Mrs Elliot said she was pleased with the Banora Point upgrade outcomes.
"What this project is achieving for the residents of Banora Point is local roads for local traffic and through traffic on a separate highway where it should be," Mrs Elliot said.
"It's been two years of construction in the making and now we are seeing it pay dividends in both safety and efficiency."
Traffic direction changes will be in place from today for four months following the closure of Short St and the right-hand turn into Terranora Rd.
Residents who used to access the Pacific Hwy from Short St will now have to use the Terranora intersection through Pioneer Parade.
Motorists going to south on the highway from Terranora Rd will now have to go northbound Pacific Hwy until the Tweed Heads South exit ramp and turn at the northern interchange roundabout on Minjungbal Dr to take the southbound exit ramp.
Access to Terranora Rd from Tweed Heads South and Banora Point will need to be from the temporary eastern link road to Laura St, crossing the new Laura St bridge which will be temporarily opened to access Terranora.
Heavy vehicles travelling southbound on the Pacific Hwy and Minjungbal Dr will now have to take a scenic detour to the Fingal Rd exit and turn around onto the northbound highway ramp to access Terranora Rd.
The $359 million Banora Point Upgrade was jointly funded through the Australian Government contribution of $349 million and the NSW Government contribution of $10 million.
The final highway traffic changes will be in place mid 2012.