RAIN DELAYS: Muddy conditions have delayed construction on the Ballina bypass for the past fortnight.
RAIN DELAYS: Muddy conditions have delayed construction on the Ballina bypass for the past fortnight. Rebecca Lollback

Rain delays work on Ballina bypass

THE sun was shining yesterday, so it was back to business for contractors working on the Ballina bypass.

Rain had restricted progress on the $640 million project for more than two weeks.

An RTA spokesman said work teams needed fine weather to carry out most of the construction work.

“A traffic switch was due to occur this month to allow building of the new southbound off-ramp from the Pacific Highway to Ross Lane, but this has been delayed until early May because of the rain,” he said.

Despite the setbacks, the RTA said construction work was ‘progressing well’ and still ‘running to schedule’.

“The RTA and its alliance partners are closely monitoring weather patterns around their projects and contingency plans are in place allowing for normal weather patterns,” the spokesman said.

“On large projects such as the Ballina bypass, time is also needed for substantial soil settlement to allow further construction and the RTA is currently waiting for soil to settle on large sections of the site. This can take place during wet or fine weather.”

The bypass is expected to open in stages.

The Cumbalum to Ross Lane section of the highway should open before the end of next year.

And by mid-2012, the Bruxner Highway to Cumbalum interchange section will be open.

The RTA said the Ballina bypass project would provide 11.5km of dual carriageway, extending from south of Ballina at the intersection of the Bruxner and Pacific highways, to north of Ballina at the Ross Lane intersection, Tintenbar.


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