Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption
Improve local access.
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.