Kundabung to Kempsey project

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading about 14 kilometres of highway to four lane divided road between Barrys Creek in Kundabung and the South Kempsey Interchange. The $230 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments and involves building an interchange at Kundabung Road, new intersections for local access roads, bus stops and new rest areas at Barrys Creek. The project is about 85 per cent complete and expected to open to traffic in 2017, weather permitting.

Aerial view of the new Kundabung Road Interchange, February 2016
Aerial view of the new Kundabung Road Interchange, February 2016

Updates and announcements

Out of hours works – Wharf Road

On the night of Thursday 27 July 2017, weather permitting, there will be out of hours work between 3am – 10pm. Traffic control will be in place with short highway traffic stops to allow the work to be undertaken.

We will also be carrying out finishing work on Saturdays between 1-4pm, weather permitting

Work will include:

  • road barrier movements
  • earthworks
  • landscaping
  • installation of wire rope.

Project background

Upgrading the Kundabung to Kempsey section involves building 14 kilometres of four lane divided road, an interchange at Kundabung Road, new intersections for local access roads, bus stops, and new rest areas at Barrys Creek.

Key construction activities

June – August 2017

  • Paving for the new northbound lanes continues between Smiths Creek Road and Ravenswood Road north
  • Asphalting on the new northbound lanes continues between Kundabung Road and Barrys Creek
  • Minor work to install the utilities remain in the new heavy vehicle inspection bay located in the Maria River state forest
  • The final earthworks in the new northbound rest area at Barrys Creek are nearing completion
  • Final gravels and seal work on Wharf Road and Upper Smiths Creek Road continue to be completed.

Video - controlled blasting

This short video shows a series of controlled blasts carried out during project construction (no audio).

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