Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads - Pacific Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services upgraded about 20 kilometres of highway. This provided 15 new bridges including the major crossing of Nambucca River and new interchanges at Warrell Creek and Bald Hill Road. The new safer highway alignment bypasses the township of Macksville.

Updates and announcements

The final 6 kilometres

Opening the Macksville and Nambucca Heads bypass to traffic on 18 December avoided the historic pinch-point of Macksville for thousands of holiday travellers, making summer road trips safer, faster and a lot less hot and bothered. The bypass also reduces the number of heavy vehicles travelling through the main street of Macksville providing more parking, amenity and peace and quiet for locals and visitors to the town.

The final six kilometres of highway between Warrell Creek and Bald Hill Road opened to traffic on 29 June 2018. Some finishing work is required at the tie-in to the exiting highway.

Macksville was also the first NSW town to have signs installed as part of the bypass town signage trial.

You can check out the NSW Roads Facebook page for video and photos of the community event.

Browns Crossing Road bridge flooding report

The Browns Crossing Road bridge flooding review report and attachments produced by WMAwater have been finalised. This report is an update of the first memo, dated 28 April 2017, that assessed the impact of the new highway on flooding of Upper Warrell Creek, near Browns Crossing Road bridge.

The submissions report has also been completed and summarises the issues raised following the release of the April draft peer review on the flooding, and our response to the issues. You can also view the presentation from the community meeting held in May 2017.

Roads and Maritime Services requested that WMAwater review the scour protection designed for the embankment of the new highway and this is included in the scour report and appendices.

Key construction activities

May to June 2018

  • complete the Upper Warrell Creek Bridge
  • complete the bridge over Williamson Creek
  • complete laying the highway pavement between southern end of project and Cockburns Lane overbridge
  • finish placing verge material for southern 6 km of the project
  • place the low noise wearing road surface for southern 6 km of project
  • install safety fencing, guide posts and signposting for southern 6 km of project
  • linemarking the southern 6 km of highway
  • open the southern 6 km of highway to traffic.

Project background

The Acciona Ferrovial (Pacifico) Joint Venture has been engaged to design and build the Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads Pacific Highway project.

The 20 kilometre Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade received project approval in July 2011 as part of the larger Warrell Creek to Urunga upgrade. For information on the northern section of the Warrell Creek to Urunga upgrade, view the Nambucca Heads to Urunga project page.

Employment opportunities

To apply for employment opportunities please complete the Pacifico Registration of Interest (ROI) form and forward it to:

Pacifico Human Resources
Pacifico PO Box 254
Macksville NSW 2447

Email: hr@afjv.com.au

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