The Pacific Hwy upgrade between Arrawarra and Glenugie is expected to be open to traffic next year.
The Pacific Hwy upgrade between Arrawarra and Glenugie is expected to be open to traffic next year. Trevor Veale

Arrawarra to Glenugie highway upgrade is taking shape

MOTORISTS can expect major traffic changes between Arrawarra and Glenugie over the next three months.

New access roads, realignments and rockblasting along the 26km stretch of the Pacific Hwy upgrade show real progress is being made.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the early works are a good sign the section of four-lane divided road will be open to traffic as expected in 2017.

"These works started in April last year and motorists will notice some significant changes, including the Sherwood Creek Road overpass taking shape and the Luther access road at Halfway Creek and Dundoo Reach well underway," Mr Truss said.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said major earthwork along the new road alignment will also continue.

"More than 30 per cent of earth required to be relocated has already been moved and some sections are ready for road gravel," Mr Gay said.

"Controlled rock blasting at Glenugie and Dirty Creek range will continue, with rock to be crushed and used elsewhere along the project," Mr Gay said.

The Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, said the work will improve local amenities and access.

"Works will include realigning the Kungala Rd intersection at Halfway Creek, building the Lemon Tree and Corindi service roads and upgrading Eggins Dr at Arrawarra," Mr Hogan said.