About this project

The proposal

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.
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