About this upgrade


  • Improve highway safety
  • Reduce travel times and improve travel efficiency
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption
  • Improve local access.

Key features

  • 37.8 kilometres of four lane divided road, with a wide median, to allow for a future upgrade to six lanes when required.
  • Access at interchanges.
  • A bypass of Telegraph Point. Access to and from Telegraph Point would be via a new interchange in the area of Blackmans Point Road south of Telegraph Point, and a half interchange in the area of Haydons Wharf Road north of Telegraph Point.
  • Other interchanges at Sancrox, Yarrabee Road and Kundabung Road. 
  • An overpass built at Bill Hill Road.
  • New major bridge structures for the Hastings River and Wilson River crossings, and the crossing of the North Coast Railway Line to the north of the Wilson River.
  • Smaller bridges for a number of creek crossings.
  • North and southbound rest areas for light and heavy vehicles in the vicinity of Mingaletta Road.
  • Sections of the existing highway maintained and used as a service road for local traffic.
  • Design is a combination of arterial (called class A) and motorway (called class M) standard highway.

Brief history of the project

  • November 2004 - Planning started
  • August 2006 - Preferred route announced, following consultation and investigations
  • September 2010 - Environmental assessment (EA), including concept design, exhibited for public comment
  • February 2012 - Approved by the NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure
  • April 2012 - SMEC-Hyder joint venture contracted to finalise the concept design and prepare the detailed design for the Kundabung to Kempsey section and Sancrox early works
  • November 2012 - Display of refinements to the concept design for community comment
  • January 2014 - Approved by Federal Department of the Environment
  • February 2014 - Contract awarded to Ferrovial Agroman (Australia) for building of the Sancrox early works
  • March 2014 – Contract awarded to Lend Lease to design and build the Oxley Highway to Kundabung project
  • April 2014 - Contract awarded to McConnell Dowell OHL Joint Venture to build the Kundabung to Kempsey project
  • August 2014 – Construction started to build the Sancrox interchange project
  • October 2014 – Construction started on the Oxley Highway to Kundabung project
  • November 2014 – Construction started on the Kundabung to Kempsey project.

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