Pacific Highway upgrade – Project update December 2016
Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour
The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding $3.3 billion to upgrade 105 kilometres of Pacific Highway between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour
Pacific Highway upgrade
The Australian and New South Wales governments have committed to completing the Pacific Highway upgrade by 2020. Since December last year, 65 kilometres of new four lane divided road has opened to traffic between Hexham and the Queensland border. By December 2017, an additional 83 kilometres of four lane divided road will progressively open to traffic, weather permitting. Recently, 22 kilometres of new four lane divided highway was opened to traffic between Nambucca Heads and Urunga. The upgrade included building 37 bridges, two new interchanges and an upgrade of the existing Waterfall Way interchange at Raleigh. As of December 2016, 459 kilometres of Pacific Highway upgrade is now four lane divided road and about 148 kilometres are being built. About 70 per cent of the final 657 kilometre highway is now four lane divided road. The remaining 57 kilometres of the 105 kilometre highway upgrade between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour is expected to progressively open to traffic in 2017, weather permitting.
Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade
The project is being delivered in two sections – from the Oxley Highway to Kundabung and from Kundabung to Kempsey. Early work has been completed at the Sancrox interchange. In December, we expect all highway traffic to be moved on to the new southbound carriageway between Ravenswood Road and South Kempsey interchange. This traffic change allows all highway traffic to travel on the new upgraded lanes for a total of about 19 kilometres between the Oxley Highway and Kempsey.
Directional signage plan
A directional signage plan has been developed for the project following consultation with a number of key stakeholders. The plan includes all guide signs and approved tourist signs proposed for the project. Community members can provide feedback on the directional signage plan until 16 December 2016. The signage plan is displayed on the project website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/pacific (go to the Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade page) or it can also be viewed at the following locations:
- Oxley Highway to Kundabung community display centre, 7909 Pacific Highway, Pembrooke
- Kundabung to Kempsey community display centre, Kundabung Road, Kundabung
- Port Macquarie-Hastings Council,17 Burrawan Street, Port Macquarie
- Kempsey Shire Council, 22 Tozer Street, West Kempsey
Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade
The $820 million project involves upgrading 23 kilometres of highway. The project includes building 23 bridges with major river crossings over the Hastings and Wilson rivers and interchanges at Sancrox Road, Blackmans Point Road and Haydons Wharf Road. The project is about 68 per cent complete and expected to open to traffic in late 2017, weather permitting.
New bridge over Fernbank Creek
The new 261 metre bridge over Fernbank Creek has progressed well over the past few months with all of the 90 bridge girders now installed and concrete bridge decks poured. Finishing work and pouring of the concrete barriers continues. The new bridge will open when the highway upgrade is open to traffic.
New bridges over the Hastings and Wilson rivers
The new 574 metre bridge over the Hastings River continues to progress with all of the 150 bridge girders now installed. The 524 metre bridge over the Wilson River has been completed with minor finishing work remaining. The new
bridges will open when the highway upgrade is open to traffic.
Blackmans Point Road interchange
In September, traffic moved from the existing highway onto the southern bridge of the new Blackmans Point Road interchange. This traffic change allows building work to continue on the new dual carriageway highway beneath the interchange. A temporary access to Blackmans Point Road has also been provided using the northern bridge of the interchange. These traffic changes will remain in place until the project opens to traffic.
Concrete paving is progressing well across the project with about 50% per cent complete. In October, traffic moved on to the new section of northbound carriageway between the Oxley Highway and Fernbank Creek to allow building work on the new southbound carriageway to start. Paving work continues to progress on the northbound carriageway at the northern end of the project between Haydons Wharf Road and Barrys Creek.