Oxley Highway upgrade - Spencers Cutting improvements

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the Oxley Highway at Spencers Cutting, about six kilometres east of Wauchope.

The realignment of the Oxley Highway at Spencers Cutting will remove dangerous bends
The realignment of the Oxley Highway at Spencers Cutting will remove dangerous bends

Updates and announcements

Hauling excess material

Major work started in June. More information is available in the June 2018 notification (PDF, 1.4Mb).

From Wednesday 1 August we will start moving 20,000 cubic metres of excess earthwork material from the Spencers Cutting project to the Rosewood project.

To achieve this, we will be hauling material along the Oxley Highway from Spencers Cutting to Rosewood throughout August. We expect this operation will take about five weeks to complete, weather permitting. We estimate there will be about 160 truck movements per day (80 laden and 80 un-laden).

More information is available in the July notification (PDF, 280Kb).

Project background

The need to improve this section of road was identified in the draft Oxley Highway Corridor Strategy. The current highway has poor alignment, narrow pavements, inconsistent edge lines and inadequate clear zones with few opportunities to overtake.

The project will involve:

  • building an eastbound overtaking lane between Spencers Cutting and to the west of Rawdon Island Road
  • realigning the intersection with Rawdon Island Road, and
  • widening the highway to accommodate 3.5-metre lanes and two-metre shoulders.

Review of environmental factors

A Review of Environmental Factors to determine the environmental impact of the improvements on the Oxley Highway at Spencers Cutting was displayed during September and October 2017.

After considering all submissions, minor changes were made and the project was determined to proceed. The submission report is available for viewing.

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