About this project

Project approval for the Frederickton to Eungai upgrade was granted in July 2008 and Thiess was selected to deliver the project in November 2012. Following the restructure of Thiess’ parent company (Leightons Holdings), the contract was novated to Leighton Contractors.

The Frederickton to Eungai upgrade is stage two of the 40 kilometre Kempsey to Eungai project. Once complete, this new section will link Kempsey bypass in the south and the existing four-lane divided highway north of Eungai Rail.The project is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments. It will greatly improve the efficiency and safety of travel on this section of the highway, particularly for the high volumes of local traffic currently using the road.



Key features

Key features of the Frederickton to Eungai project include:

  • 26.5km of two lane dual carriageways
  • A full interchange at Stuarts Point Road
  • Light and heavy vehicle rest areas on both sides of the highway at Cooks Lane
  • Seven twin bridges carrying the highway upgrade over local roads, creeks, drainage and farm accesses
  • A single bridge to carry the southbound lanes over the North Coast Railway
  • Five bridges carrying local roads over the new highway
  • Farm access, fauna and drainage underpasses
  • New service roads and adjustments to existing local roads.

Project history

  • September 2015: drainage work complete across the project
  • September 2015: Completion of Collombatti Flood Plain Bridges
  • June 2015: Highway traffic switched onto the new rail bridge at Eungai
  • May 2015: Kemps Access over bridge open to traffic
  • November 2014: Mill Lane over bridge open to traffic. First completed bridge
  • October 2014: Switched Pacific Hwy traffic onto newly built Macleay Valley Way
  • September 2014: Opened new Stuarts Point Road intersection with the Pacific Highway to traffic
  • August 2014: Delivery and erection of first bridge girder
  • July 2014: Commencement of concrete paving
  • June 2014: Transportation of excess mulch from site to local farms for use as soil improvement
  • May 2014: Opening of the first newly-constructed local access road (Access Road A) on the project
  • April 2014: Start of bored concrete piling for bridges across the Collombatti floodplain
  • March 2014: Construction and commissioning of concrete batch plant at Cooks Lane compound
  • February 2014: Completion of clearing across the main alignment
  • January 2014: Main site compound established at Cooks Lane, Clybucca
  • November 2013: completion of clearing in the southern zone (Frederickton to Collombatti) and beginning of bulk earthworks
  • October 2013: Completion of road improvements at Quarry Road, Collombatti, to provide access for trucks to the project alignment. Work also began on improving the other major access route for the project at Cooks Lane, Clybucca
  • August 2013: Sod-turning event to mark planning approval and the start of construction. Work begins on local road improvement at Kemps and Quarry Road Collombatti to allow access for construction traffic
  • May 2013: Urban design and landscaping management plan on display for community feedback. Boundary fencing works also begin in late May
  • April 2013: Surveying and geotechnical investigations continue along the road corridor and roads proposed for access. Dust and noise monitors installed for baseline monitoring
  • February 2013: Early works - including surveying, environmental and geotechnical investigations – begin
  • January 2013: Thiess starts developing the detailed design for the project. The final design will be completed by December 2013
  • November 2012: Preferred builders selected for Frederickton to Eungai project
  • April 2012: Short list announced for inviting tenders
  • July 2011: Geotechnical works to commence
  • January 2011: Tenders called for further geotechnical works
  • July 2008: Project approval obtained
  • July 2007: Environmental assessment display for community comment
  • August 2006: Project applications submitted to the NSW Department of Planning seeking Director General Requirement for the environmental assessment
  • February 2005: Announcement of further investigations and the preparation of the environmental assessment
  • July 2004: Preferred route identified for the entire length including Collombatti and East Kempsey
  • December 2003: Preferred route identified including alternative sub-options for Collombatti and East Kempsey
  • October 2002: Route options identified
  • October 2001: Start of investigations and identification of a study area.

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