Kundabung to Kempsey project

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading 14 kilometres of highway. The project includes building an interchange at Kundabung Road, new intersections for local access roads, bus stops and new rest areas at Barrys Creek. The $230 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments. The project is about 70 per cent complete and expected to open to traffic in 2017.

Aerial view of Kundabung Road Interchange, November 2016
Aerial view of Kundabung Road Interchange, November 2016

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

Feb 2017 – April 2017

  • Completion of northern Ravenswood Road connection, placement of last two layers of gravel will occur under traffic control during the day
  • Earthworks for the new northbound carriageway between Old Coast Road and Kemps Road underway
  • Paving for the new northbound lanes will continue in the Maria River State Forest
  • Installation of box drainage culverts for the new northbound lanes between Barrys Creek and Ravenswood Road is nearing completion with the last units to be installed in February. Pipe culvert crossings are continuing in the area.
  • Construction of the new Smiths Creek Bridge is progressing well with deck pours completed in February. Remaining works include installation of parapet and handrails

Photo gallery

Video - controlled blasting

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

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