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.

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

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

Dec 2016 - Feb 2017

  • Major traffic switch onto the new southbound carriageway between Ravenswood Road and the south Kempsey interchange (mid-Dec weather permitting). More information will be available closer to the date
  • Connection of Rodeo Drive and Ravenswood Road to be completed and open as a new service road
  • Paving for the new northbound lanes will continue in the Maria River State Forrest
  • Installation of box drainage culverts continues for the new northbound lanes between Barrys Creek and Ravenswood Rd with nine of ten complete, pipe culvert crossings have also commenced in this area
  • Construction of the new Smiths Creek Bridge has commenced with piling complete and work to begin on the abutments and piers
  • Work has commenced on the earthworks for the Ravenswood north connection
  • Construction will cease over the holiday break from 21 December – 4 January. The highway will be monitored throughout the break and emergency repairs carried out as needed.

Video - controlled blasting

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

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