About this project
The proposal is to upgrade the existing highway to a four lane divided carriageway between the Allgomera deviation, south of Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads, just south of the railway line. Key features include:
- Four lane divided carriageway with safe driving conditions for speeds of 110 km/h.
- No direct property access to or from the highway.
- Grade-separated interchanges at:
- South Macksville at Bald Hill Road.
- Warrell Creek at Browns Crossing Road.
- A continuous local road between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads combining new roads and the existing Pacific Highway. The local road would:
- Offer safer access to properties that currently have direct access to the highway.
- Let residents travel to local shops without having to use the new highway.
- Provide another route between Nambucca Heads and Warrell Creek for motorists and cyclists.
- A rest area for light and heavy vehicles at the Nambucca Heads interchange.
- A number of measures to reduce environmental, noise and visual effects.
- New bridges over Warrell Creek and the Nambucca River at Macksville.
- Floodplain bridges and culverts across sections of the Gumma floodplain.
- Improved road safety.
- Uninterrupted highway traffic flow.
- Easy access on and off the highway for local traffic.
Brief history of the project
- August 2012: Decision made on alternative alignment
- March 2012: Draft technical review report released for community comment
- October 2011: Review announced for eight kilometre section of the Warrell Creek to Urunga Pacific Highway Upgrade
- July 2011: Project approved by the NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure
- November 2010: Submissions and Preferred Project Report released
- January 2010: The environmental assessment was exhibited between 28 January to 29 March 2010 for comment
- June 2008: The proposal was displayed for public comment. Warrell Creek to Urunga upgrade concept design (including the Warrell Creek and Macksville to Urunga upgrade)
- November 2005: The NSW Minister for Roads announced the preferred route for the Macksville to Urunga section
- November 2004 to February 2005: Route options were placed on public display
- June 2003: Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) commenced planning a dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway from Macksville to Urunga.