Roads and Maritime Services started geotechnical investigation work last Thursday between Glenugie and Broadwater as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. The work involves collecting and analysing rock and soil samples from areas in and around the project to help inform the design and building of the highway. The Service says it is important designers consider the most suitable options for building the highway with more than 14 million cubic meters of earthwork to be completed on the $4.36 billion upgrade. Soil and rock sampling, borehole testing and pit excavations will be carried out in each location. Work hours will be from 7am to 6pm on weekdays with work expected to be completed by end September, weather permitting. Currently there is around 60km of the 155km under construction and this work starting between Glenugie and Broadwater will ensure the project is delivered on time. Road users are advised changed traffic conditions will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists including reduced speed limits and temporary lane closures. Motorists should follow the direction of traffic control and allow for extra travel time. For the latest traffic information call 132 701, download the Live Traffic NSW App or visit livetraffic.com.