Pacific Highway Upgrade - Woolgoolga to Ballina

Visualisation of proposed design for the Pacific Highway upgrade, from Woolgoolga to Ballina

In a joint venture with Arup, Cardno assembled a talented team to deliver part of the detailed design for the Pacific Highway upgrade, from Woolgoolga to Ballina.

The Arup-Cardno JV, including Cardno multidisciplinary specialists, were responsible for a 35 kilometre stretch, containing 28 bridges and two interchanges, of the 155 kilometre two-lane highway which was transformed into a dual carriageway. As such, the project is Australia’s largest regional infrastructure project. 

When complete, the length of the road between Woolgoolga and Ballina will be reduced by 13 kilometres, travel time cut by 25 minutes and forecast crash rates decreasing by 27%, essentially making the journey between Woolgoolga to Ballina shorter, swifter and safer. 

Additionally, the speed limit on the dual carriageway will be increased to 110km/hr and travel reliability increased by improved flood immunity and reduced road incidents. 

The Arup-Cardno JV, including Cardno multidisciplinary specialists, undertook site investigations, route option and environmental assessments, established and maintained an Environmental Compliance Register and developed a fully-integrated 3D design model, using Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies.