Oxley Highway to Kundabung project

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading 23 kilometres of highway. The project includes building 23 bridges with major river crossings over the Hastings and Wilson rivers and interchanges at Sancrox Road, Blackmans Point Road and Haydons Wharf Road. The $820 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments. The project is about 60 per cent complete and expected to open to traffic in 2017.

Controlled blasting

Controlled blasting is required near Haydons Wharf Road, the Cooperabung Range and the Ballengarra and Maria River State forests in order to remove hard rock where it is not possible to use mechanical methods. Controlled blasting will be taking place from May 2015 through to March 2016, weather permitting.

During this time there will be an exclusion zone around the controlled blast site, which includes the Pacific Highway. To ensure the safety of road users travelling on the Pacific Highway between Yarrabee Road and Cooperabung Drive all traffic will be stopped and delays of up to 10 minutes will be experienced.

Planned controlled blasting date:

  • No blasts scheduled currently.

Motorists are advised to plan travel around these times and allow extra time for their journeys.

Advance notice of all controlled blasting activities will also be provided on electronic message boards along the Pacific Highway.

If you would like more information about this activity please see the Controlled blasting fact sheet for more information.

Project background

Upgrading the Oxley Highway to Kundabung section involves building 23 kilometres of four lane divided road, including bridges over Hastings and Wilson rivers.

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

Key construction activities

August to October 2016

    • Continue work on Fernbank Creek bridge
    • Install bridge beams on Hastings River bridge
    • Install parapets on Wilson River bridge
    • Remove cofferdam from Wilson River
    • Complete rock crushing in Cooperabung Range
    • Continue installation of drainage across the project
    • Continue paving south of Blackmans Point interchange
    • Complete Blackmans Point interchange.

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