Pacific Highway Upgrade At Devils Pulpit A Step Closer

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16th October 2009, 03:51pm - Views: 689

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16 OCTOBER 2009



The Pacific Highway upgrade at Devils Pulpit is now a step closer with the RTA

submitting its project application to the Department of Planning (DoP). 

The project application was lodged with the DoP on 30 September 2009 as part of

the next stage in the process – the environmental assessment.

The Australian Government has fully funded the $62 million project as part of its

Nation Building Program and its continuing joint commitment with the NSW

Government to upgrade the Pacific Highway. 

An RTA spokesperson said the work at Devils Pulpit, about 66 kilometres north of

Grafton, is part of the overall Pacific Highway upgrade between Hexham and the

Queensland border.

“When finished, the Devils Pulpit project will complete five kilometres of four-lane

divided highway, the spokesperson said.

“Achieving planning approval would bring the project one step closer towards the

construction phase.

“This important project will provide significant benefits to road users, including

improved safety and reduced travel times.”

The spokesperson said the DoP will consult various public agencies before providing

the RTA with a list of requirements for the environmental assessment of the proposal.

“The environmental assessment will outline the proposal, its potential impacts and

the proposed environmental controls,” the spokesperson said.

“The assessment will focus on the key issues identified by the DoP and other

agencies, including potential social, economic and environmental impacts.

“There will be ongoing community consultation during the preparation of the

environmental assessment and the refinement of the concept design. When finished,

the environmental assessment and refined design will be placed on display for

community comment.

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“At the end of the display the RTA will respond to the issues raised in the

submissions received and may modify the proposal to minimise impacts on the

environment,” the spokesperson said.

Details of the application are available on the Department of Planning website at or the project website at (click

on Iluka Road to Woodburn) or by phoning the project team on 1800 258 118 (toll



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