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Rest area closure and night work for Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade

Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions and night work this week on the Pacific Highway to progress the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade.

Between Monday 5 March and Saturday 10 March, motorists can expect minor delays on the Pacific Highway at Devils Pulpit while vegetation removal work is carried out. There will be traffic control and changes to speed limits on the highway between 6am and 6pm.

From Monday 5 March, the Beekeepers heavy and light vehicle rest area, located about 70 kilometres north of Grafton southbound on the Pacific Highway at Mororo, will be permanently closed to allow main civil and earth work between Iluka Road and Devils Pulpit to be carried out.

The rest area will be closed for the duration of the project and will be replaced with a new rest area once work is complete. The new rest area will be located about four kilometres south of the current rest area, near the Number Two Trail entry to Mororo State Forest.

Motorists will be able to use alternative rest areas to the north and south of Beekeepers. More information on NSW rest areas can be found online by searching ‘rest areas’ at

There will be work on the Pacific Highway at Woombah from Tuesday 6 March for four nights. There will be traffic control and occasional stoppages between 6pm and 6am as work continues to build a new road surface on the highway.

On Thursday 8 March, concrete barriers will be installed northbound on the Pacific Highway from north of Ferry Park, Maclean for two days.

The installation of these barriers will separate traffic from the construction zone adjacent to the highway. While this work is carried out either of the north and southbound lanes of the highway will be closed at times with alternating lanes operating under traffic control.

Additional changes to local roads

Motorists can expect short stoppages along River Street, Harwood while girders are installed above River Street between Monday 5 March and Saturday 10 March.

Work will take place between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturday, weather permitting. Girder lifts will be timed to avoid school pick up and drop off periods.

For the safety of workers and motorists, reduced speed limits and traffic control may be in place on the highway, local roads and access roads.

Delays of up to five minutes are expected at most locations and all work is carried out weather permitting.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.

Roads and Maritime thanks the community for its patience while work on the upgrade is carried out.

For the latest traffic updates visit, download the Live Traffic NSW App or call 132 701.