Kundabung to Kempsey project

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading about 14 kilometres of highway to four lane divided road. 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 70 per cent complete and expected to open to traffic in 2017.

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 work - Asphalt placement

The approved construction hours for the K2K project are from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. To enable the placement of asphalt during the months of April, May and June, out of hours works may need to take place between 6pm – 10pm during weeknights, weather permitting.

The works will include the use of the following equipment:

  • Lighting towers
  • Rollers
  • Asphalt trucks
  • Profiler
  • Shuttle buggy
  • Paving machine
  • Light vehicles.

Predicted noise levels from asphalting activities may exceed the night time noise objectives at the closest residents. The project team will complete regular noise monitoring and if required, additional mitigation measures will be implemented in consultation with affected residents. As asphalting is a lineal activity, the potential impact is only likely for one to two nights in any particular area.

View or download the March 2017 project update.

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. The project is about 70 per cent complete and expected to be fully open to dual carriageway traffic in mid 2017, weather permitting.

The upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

Key construction activities

May 2017 – July 2017

  • Paving for the new northbound lanes will continue in the Maria River State Forest through to Stumpy Creek Bridge. Once the areas in the north are complete paving operations will move to the last section between Smiths Creek Road and Ravenswood Road north
  • Construction of the new Smiths Creek Bridge is almost complete. The final handrails are being installed before the construction of the approach slabs begins
  • Asphalt works on the new northbound lanes at Kundabung have commenced. There will be asphalt works undertaken on the job over the next 3 months from Barrys Creek through to Kundabung
  • Northbound rest area construction continues with earthworks almost complete
  • Construction of the new heavy vehicle inspection bay in the Maria River State Forest is nearing completion with line marking and light installation remaining.

Video - controlled blasting

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

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