About this project
The proposal is to upgrade the existing highway to a four lane divided carriageway between Nambucca Heads, just south of the railway line and the existing waterfall Way interchange at Raleigh. Key features include:
- Four lane divided carriageway with safe driving conditions for speeds of 110 km/h.
- No direct property access to or from the highway.
- Grade-separated interchanges at:
- Waterfall Way at Raleigh.
- Ballards Road, south of Urunga.
- Nambucca Heads.
- A continuous local road between Nambucca Heads combining new roads and the existing Pacific Highway. The local road would:
- Offer safer access to properties that currently have direct access to the highway.
- Let residents travel to local shops without having to use the new highway.
- Provide another route between Nambucca Heads and Raleigh for motorists and cyclists.
- A rest area for light and heavy vehicles at the Nambucca Heads interchange.
- A number of measures to reduce environmental, noise and visual effects.
- A new bridge over the Kalang River at Urunga.
- Floodplain bridges and culverts across sections of the Kalang floodplain.
- Improved road safety
- Uninterrupted highway traffic flow
- Easy access on and off the highway for local traffic.
Brief history of the project
- December 2012: Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport announced Abigroup Pty Ltd as the preferred tenderer for design and construction.
- September 2012: Design refinements to the Nambucca Heads interchange and rest area displayed for public comment.
- August 2012: Decision made on alternative alignment.
- March 2012: Draft technical review report released for community comment.
- October 2011: Review announced for eight kilometre section of the Warrell Creek to Urunga Pacific Highway Upgrade.
- July 2011: Project approved by the NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure.
- November 2010: Submissions and Preferred Project Report released.
- January 2010: The environmental assessment was exhibited between 28 January to 29 March 2010 for comment.
- June 2008: The proposal was displayed for public comment. Warrell Creek to Urunga upgrade concept design (including the Warrell Creek and Macksville to Urunga upgrade).
- November 2005: The NSW Minister for Roads announced the preferred route for the Macksville to Urunga section.
- November 2004 to February 2005: Route options were placed on public display.
- June 2003: Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) commenced planning a dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway from Macksville to Urunga.