Nambucca Heads to Urunga - Pacific Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services has completed the 22 kilometre highway upgrade from Nambucca Heads to Urunga. The project included building two new interchanges at Nambucca Heads and Ballards Road and upgraded the existing Waterfall Way interchange at Raleigh. The $780 million project was jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments. The project opened to traffic on 22 July 2016.

Updates and announcements

The Nambucca Heads to Urunga Pacific Highway upgrade project opened to traffic in July 2016.

Find out more in the latest community update.

New speed limits are now in effect on Giinagay Way. Learn more about the speed limit changes here. This map shows the locations of the new speed zones.

Project background

Roads and Maritime Services engaged Lend Lease to design and build the Nambucca Heads to Urunga upgrade. Major work began on 15 January 2014 and was completed in July 2016.

Operational noise monitoring and reporting

Roads and Maritime is required to meet specific noise criteria as part of the project approval for this upgrade project.

One of those approval conditions is to prepare a review of the proposed Operational Noise Mitigation Measures, which was published and released to the public in June 2014. These criteria are consistent with many other sections of highway upgrade.

Based on the outcome of predictions as well as commitments made in the Environmental Impact Assessment, Roads and Maritime has provided a range of noise treatments, including low noise pavement in sections and treatments at identified residences. The Operational Noise Management Review Report is available from the project documents page.

In addition, Roads and Maritime is required to undertake operational noise monitoring to compare actual noise performance of the project against the noise performance predicted in the review. An Operational Noise Report is to be completed within 12 months of the project becoming operational. Roads and Maritime has engaged AECOM Australia to complete the monitoring and report. Noise monitoring was completed at the end of 2016 and the report is being prepared. Once the report has been reviewed by Roads and Maritime and relevant government agencies, it will be released to the public, expected in the first half of 2017.

Should this latest report find that the noise levels exceed the noise criteria, Roads and Maritime is required to undertake further reasonable and feasible noise mitigation measures.

Refer to frequently asked questions about operational noise and the fact sheet about managing traffic noise for new and upgraded roads.

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