About this project

The proposal

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.
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