Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade

Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade submissions report now online

25 March 2014

Improvements will be made to the design of the Oxley Highway to Kempsey Pacific Highway upgrade following community consultation.

Roads and Maritime Services today released a submissions report outlining issues raised by local residents, business and council to the refined concept design of the 37 kilometre highway route.

Proposed changes to the concept design were put on public display from November 2012 to January 2013, and submissions were accepted until 25 February 2013.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said key issues raised in the submissions included changes to access, timing of major work, highway standard, travel distance and time as well as the impact of noise and flooding.

“In response to the community’s feedback, Roads and Maritime has made further adjustments to the refined concept design, including modifying the Yarrabee interchange and providing a new local bus interchange near Blackman’s Point,” the spokesperson said.

“The upgrade will be delivered in three stages and provide a four lane divided highway from the Oxley Highway interchange to south of Kempsey.

“Community submissions have helped improve all aspects of the project including traffic capacity, access, environment, heritage and building work.

“Roads and Maritime will continue to consult with the community throughout the detailed design and building phases of the three projects.”

The refined concept design submissions report is now available on the Roads and Maritime website.

“We’re getting on with the job of upgrading the Pacific Highway and will have 105 kilometres under major work between Port Macquarie and Raleigh, south of Coffs Harbour, by the end of the year,” the spokesperson said.

The upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

Questions about the submissions report should be directed to the community relations team on 1800 154 724 (free call) or email oh2kinfo@shjv.com.au.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit 8588 5999

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