Aerial view of Ballina Road and the Bruxner Highway at Alstonville

Upgrade of intersection of Ballina Road and the Bruxner Highway at Alstonville

The Bruxner Highway is located in Northern NSW and provides a key movement corridor between Lismore and Ballina, linking with the Pacific Highway. The NSW Government is providing $5 million to fund vital road and safety improvements along the Bruxner Highway, including an upgrade to the Ballina Road intersection at Alstonville.

Work to date includes constraints mapping and initial technical investigations, including potential environmental impacts, to understand key advantages and disadvantages of the options.

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OCT 2021

OCT 2021Feedback sought from the community

Transport for NSW would like feedback from the community about the project's concept design, which has been released. You can provide feedback by:

  • Completing the survey
  • Emailing region.north@transport.nsw.gov.au. Please include ‘Ballina Rd/Bruxner Hwy design feedback' in the subject line
  • Calling Transport on 1800 653 092 and asking to speak to the project team
  • Posting a letter to Ballina Rd/Bruxner Hwy Project Team, Transport for NSW, PO 576, Grafton NSW 2460.

The community is requested to provide feedback by Friday, 12 November 2021.

Project information

The proposed design improves safety at the Ballina Road intersection, by permanently removing the right turn out of Ballina Road that has resulted in two fatal crashes in recent years.

The on ramp at Ellis Road has minimal environmental impacts, including no impacts to nearby waterways, and no travel time impacts to vehicles using the Bruxner Highway.

There would be minimal traffic impacts to construct the proposed design, and it is costed within the funding allocated for the project.

Project FAQ’s

  • The NSW Government is providing $5 million to fund vital road safety improvements along the Bruxner Highway, including an improvements to the Ballina Road intersection at Alstonville. Key features of the proposed project are an on- ramp from Ellis Road to the Bruxner Highway, with a design speed of 80 km/h and a dedicated right and left turn into Ballina Road and left turn out of Ballina Road.
  • The proposed design improves safety at the Ballina Road intersection, by permanently removing the right turn out of Ballina Road that has resulted in two fatal crashes in recent years.

    The on ramp at Ellis Road has minimal environmental impacts, including no impacts to nearby waterways, and no travel time impacts to vehicles using the Bruxner Highway.

    There would be minimal traffic impacts to construct the proposed design, and it is costed within the funding allocated for the project.

  • Sidra analysis traffic modelling was completed at the Ballina Road intersection assessing 3 options:

    • Existing
    • Roundabout
    • Traffic signals

    Outcomes from the modelling indicated:

    • The existing intersection remains efficient into the future and no delays are incurred by the through movements on the Bruxner Highway (approximately 20,000 vpd)
    • The roundabout will incur delays for all movements and the majority through trips from Pacific Highway to Lismore will incur increased travel time. Annual intersection performance costs including vehicle operating cost (fuel consumption) and exhaust emissions are significantly higher than the existing intersection.
    • The traffic signals would not be efficient from date of construction, delays will be incurred on all movements and the level of service will be below the acceptable level. Annual intersection performance costs are significantly higher than a roundabout or the existing intersection.
  • The community will have an opportunity to view any changes made to the design when the review of environmental factors (REF) report is displayed later this year.
  • It is estimated that construction will commence in the first quarter of 2022. The community will be kept up-to-date with an estimated start date close to the time, and during the progress of the project.
  • All feedback received will be passed to the project team to consider as part of finalising the concept design.
  • Transport for NSW is calling for feedback on the proposed concept design. Feedback can be provided by:

Project documents

 

Contact us

Phone: 1800 653 092

Email: region.north@transport.nsw.gov.au

Post: Bruxner Hwy/Ballina Rd Project Team, Transport for NSW, PO 576, Grafton NSW 2460.

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