Kundabung to Kempsey project

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading 14 kilometres of highway. The project includes building an interchange at Kundabung Road, a new intersection 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 55 per cent complete and expected to open to traffic in 2017.

An aerial view of the Kundaberg to Kempsey project

Updates and announcements

The August 2016 project update (PDF, 1.35Mb) is available as part of the Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour Pacific Highway upgrade.

Project background

Upgrading the Kundabung to Kempsey section involves building 14 kilometres of four lane divided road, including a new intersection at Kundabung and new rest areas.

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

Key construction activities

June – August 2016

  • Paving will continue north from Kundabung Road towards Pipers Creek
  • Major traffic switch onto the new southbound carriageway between Barrys Creek and Kundabung (early July weather permitting). More information will be available closer to the date
  • New northbound carriageway preparation work begins
  • Removal of Smiths Creek Bridge (once traffic switch has been complete)
  • Heavy vehicle inspection bay will move to its temporary home in the southbound rest area near Barrys Creek (once the traffic switch is complete).

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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