Frederickton to Eungai - Pacific Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services upgraded 26.5 kilometres of highway between Frederickton interchange and Eungai Rail. The project included building 20 new bridges, a new interchange at Stuarts Point Road and installing safe, modern rest areas on both sides of the highway at Clybucca. The $675 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments. The project opened to traffic on 16 May 2016.

Aerial view of the Frederickton to Eungai upgrade looking south from the new rest areas at Clybucca
Aerial view of the Frederickton to Eungai upgrade looking south from the new rest areas at Clybucca

Updates and announcements

The Post-Construction Operational Noise Report for the Frederickton to Eungai Pacific Highway upgrade is now available.

Noise monitoring was carried out in August and September 2016 at various locations throughout the project to compare actual noise levels against the predicted noise levels used in the project design. The monitoring also examined the effectiveness of mitigation measures in place to determine if further action was needed. The assessment found operational noise levels closely match the predicted noise levels across all locations on the project and meet the Environmental Criteria for Road Traffic Noise for new freeways. The noise report has been reviewed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority and Department of Planning and Environment to ensure regulatory requirements have been met. A copy of the report is available from the operational noise section of the project documents page.

Project background

Roads and Maritime Services has engaged CPB Contractors (formerly  Thiess) to design and build the Frederickton to Eungai upgrade. Major work began in August 2013 and once complete, the upgraded section will link up with the Kempsey bypass in the south and the existing dual carriageway section to the north of Eungai Rail.

The Frederickton to Eungai section involves building 26.5 kilometres of four-lane divided road as well as building a new interchange at Stuarts Point Road and installing safe, modern rest areas on both sides of the highway at Cooks Lane south of Barraganyatti.

This project is funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

The main site compound for the project is located at 229 Cooks Lane, Clybucca. For more information contact the project information toll free line 1800 653 092 or email pacific.highway@rms.nsw.gov.au.

Project snapshot

  • Project contractors: CPB Contractors (formerly Thiess)
  • Form of contract: Design and build
  • Start date for major construction: August 2013
  • Expected completion date: mid 2016

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How will noise be managed?

In 2014, an operational noise management report for the Frederickton to Eungai project was produced. It applies the Environmental Criteria for Road Traffic Noise to residences impacted by noise from the upgrade.

The report outlines the predicted noise impacts of the upgrade on nearby residences and takes into account the impact of traffic noise from the existing highway and traffic noise from the upgrade, as well as the impact of increased traffic volumes to the year 2026.

To find out more view or download the operational noise management report.

Next steps

Work on the post construction noise assessment has commenced and is normally scheduled for completion within 12 months following the road opening to allow for all work to be completed and for the traffic patterns to settle. If you need any additional information regarding traffic noise view or download the traffic noise fact sheet or call the Frederickton to Eungai upgrade community information line 1800 668 240.

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