Sapphire to Woolgoolga - Pacific Highway upgrade

This project provides a four-lane divided highway extending approximately 25 kilometres from Campbell Close, Sapphire, to Arrawarra Beach Road, Arrawarra.

Updates and announcements

The Post Operational Noise Report (August 2015) (PDF, 969Kb)  is now available. A copy of the complete report can also be found on the project documents page. The community is invited to information sessions on:

  • Tuesday 1 September between 4pm and 7pm at the Novotel, Coffs Harbour on the corner of Pacific Highway and Bay Drive, Coffs Harbour
  • Wednesday 2 September between 4pm and 7pm at St Francis Xavier Primary School hall, Queen Street, Woolgoolga
  • Thursday 3 September between 5pm and 8pm at Sandy Beach School Hall located at 19 Saye Close, Sandy Beach.

There will be no formal presentation and the community is invited to drop-in any time between the times outlined above.

A summary information sheet (PDF, 292Kb) and question and answer sheet (PDF, 292Kb) have been prepared to provide summary information from the report.

The Pacific Highway was opened to two lanes in each direction at 110km/h from Sapphire to Arrawarra on 30 July 2014. While finishing work will continue on the project this marks a significant milestone for the upgrade.

Project background

The Arrawarra rest area was approved on 19 October 2012. The rest area will be built as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina project. Timing has not been announced for construction of the rest area.

The preferred location for the rest area is proposed at the Arrawarra interchange. An environmental assessment of the proposed rest area location was on display in April 2011 and a submissions report is currently being prepared.

The Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

This project will provide a four-lane divided highway extending approximately 25 kilometres from Campbell Close, Sapphire, to Arrawarra Beach Road, Arrawarra.

For more information on the project background, see About this project.

Project snapshot

  • Contractors: Leighton Fulton Hogan Joint Venture
  • Form of contract: Design and construct contract
  • Start date of major construction: August 2010
  • Expected completion date: Second half of 2014 (weather permitting)
  • Project value: $850 million *
  • Australian Government contribution: $705 million *
  • NSW State Government contribution: $145 million *

*Contribution amounts may vary from year to year.

2014 photo gallery

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