Oxley Highway to Kempsey - Pacific Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading about 37 kilometres of the Pacific Highway to four lane divided highway from north of the Oxley Highway to south of Kempsey. The project is being delivered in two sections - from the Oxley Highway to Kundabung and from Kundabung to Kempsey with early work on the Sancrox interchange. This project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

Timing of works

Sancrox interchange early work

  • Contract awarded to Ferrovial Agroman (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Building started in August 2014
  • Opened to traffic in November 2015.

Oxley Highway to Kundabung about 23 kilometres, between the Oxley Highway and Barrys Creek near Kundabung

  • Contract awarded to Lend Lease
  • Building started in October 2014
  • Expected to be open to traffic by the end of 2017.

Kundabung to Kempsey about 14 kilometres, between Kundabung and the southern end of the Kempsey bypass

  • Contract awarded to McConnell Dowell OHL joint venture
  • Building started in November 2014
  • Expected to open to traffic by the end of 2017.

Controlled blasting

Controlled blasting is required near Haydons Wharf Road, the Cooperabung Range and the Ballengarra and Maria River State forests in order to remove hard rock where it is not possible to use mechanical methods. Controlled blasting will be taking place from May 2015 through to March 2016, weather permitting.

During this time there will be an exclusion zone around the controlled blast site, which includes the Pacific Highway. To ensure the safety of road users travelling on the Pacific Highway all traffic will be stopped in the area and delays of up to 10 minutes may be experienced.

Planned controlled blasting date:

  • Stage one blasting has been completed - there are no dates currently scheduled for stage two

Advance notice of all controlled blasting activities will also be provided on electronic message boards along the Pacific Highway.

If you would like more information about this activity please see the fact sheets on the project documents page for more information.

Motorists are advised to plan travel around these times and allow extra time for their journeys.

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