Pacific Hwy upgrade at Devils Pulpit complete

THE $80million Pacific Hwy upgrade at Devils Pulpit is finished and traffic is now open in both directions.

"Since the two northbound traffic lanes were opened on Friday, March 21, line marking has been completed and the speed limit has now changed from 80kmh to 100kmh," Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said.

"That means two lanes in both directions are now open and the 7km upgrade is complete.

"This is wonderful news for 8000 motorists and truck drivers who use this section of the Pacific Hwy each day.

"It is also fantastic news for local residents, with better access to their properties now provided, along with animal crossings and improved drainage."

Mr Gulaptis said the stretch of highway had a poor crash record, with 51 crashes in the 10 years from July 1, 2000, including 11 fatalities and 45 injuries.

"The Devils Pulpit upgrade will deliver safer and smoother driving conditions," he said.

"It also incudes clear zones to help reduce the severity of crashes and hopefully prevent many crashes from occurring. Three kilometres of new median wire rope safety barrier now joins the 12km of median wire barrier to the north.

"There is now 6km of four-lane divided road at Devils Pulpit and 22km of continuous separated highway on the 129km section between Grafton and Ballina.

"This upgrade follows a campaign from families who have lost loved ones on this section of the road - something we hope the improved conditions will prevent in the future."

The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Hwy project will upgrade about 155km of highway from 6km north of Woolgoolga to 6km south of Ballina.

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