Northern NSW covers the coastal fringe from south of Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads, the New England area from Tamworth to Tenterfield and the slopes and plains in the Quirindi, Gunnedah, Warialda and Inverell areas.
About the region
Northern NSW is one of the fastest growing areas in country NSW, particularly along the north coast, with many people choosing to retire or relocate for a sea change.
The north coast experiences a large increase in traffic volume during summer as the population in northern NSW increases dramatically with the arrival of tourists visiting our beaches and national parks.
The Roads and Maritime northern region office is based at 76 Victoria Street, Grafton with other offices located at Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Glen Innes and Ballina.
Northern NSW covers about 12.3% of the state, which contains more than 10% of the state's population.
In Northern NSW, Roads and Maritime Services manages more than $6 billion of assets, including:
- 2450 kilometres of State roads
- 83 Regional Roads totalling 3176 kilometres
- 656 bridges including 36 heritage bridges and two lift bridges
- 655 bridge sized culverts
- Eight road/rail crossing on State Roads
- Two tunnels
- Three vehicular ferries at two crossings.
- 75 traffic signals
There are 22 local government authorities in Northern NSW, which manage 3170 kilometres of regional roads on behalf of Roads and Maritime.
Major highways and roads in the region
Major roads in the region include:
- Pacific Highway
- New England Highway
- Bruxner Highway
- Gwydir Highway
- Oxley Highway
- Waterfall Way
- Fossickers Way
- Summerland Way.
Major projects being delivered include:
- Pacific Highway upgrade
- Additional crossing of the Clarence River at Grafton
- New England Highway at Bolivia Hill
- A new rail overbridge at Gunnedah
- A new bridge on the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam.
Major projects currently in development include:
Minor bridge projects currently being carried out include:
- Boyds Bay Bridge essential maintenance work
- Repainting of the Raleigh Bridge
- Briner Bridge restoration project