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 will progressively open to traffic during September and October 2017, weather permitting.

Highway traffic travelling on the 14 kilometers of new divided carriageway
Highway traffic travelling on the 14 kilometers of new divided carriageway

Updates and announcements

Out of hours works – Barrys Creek to the South Kempsey interchange – southbound carriageway

Out of hours work between Barrys Creek and the South Kempsey interchange are planned to take place between 6pm and 7am during week nights commencing 12 September, weather permitting. It is expected that the work will take about four to six weeks to complete. Traffic control will be in place with short highway traffic stops to allow line marking removal work to be undertaken. As line marking activities and concrete barrier removal progress along the road, the potential impact for any one area is only one to two nights at a time with a maximum of three to four instances throughout the four to six weeks.

Works will include the use of the following equipment:

  • Light vehicles
  • Lighting towers
  • Water blaster for line marking removal
  • Line marking truck
  • Small mobile crane
  • Flat bed truck
Out of hours works – Saturdays between 1 – 4pm, weather permitting

The approved construction hours for the Kundabung to Kempsey project on Saturdays are 8am to 1pm. To facilitate a full day of construction we would like to extend these hours from 8am to 4pm each Saturday from 16 September for about four to six weeks.

Finishing works in the highway median and on the local roads will be carried out during this time.

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

September - November 2017

  • Minor work to install the utilities remain in the new heavy vehicle inspection bay located in the Maria River state forest
  • Continue construction of the new northbound rest area at Barrys Creek
  • Finishing work on highway median and at local roads including line marking, barrier removal, landscaping

Video - controlled blasting

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

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