Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads - Pacific Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading 20 kilometres of highway and will include 15 bridges and new interchanges at Warrell Creek and Bald Hill Road.

Around 16 kilometres of four lane divided road was opened to traffic in December 2017, including the new ‘Phillip Hughes’ Bridge over the Nambucca River. The $830 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments. The remaining 6km of highway, subject to weather, is targeted to open to traffic by early to mid 2018

Updates and announcements

December 2017 was a busy month on the project with hundreds of workers doing everything possible to open 16 kilometres of new highway bypassing Macksville and Nambucca Heads and host a community event to mark the project milestone.

Macksville came alive on Saturday 16 December as over 4,000 people took the once in a lifetime opportunity to walk across the new bridge and celebrate the project team’s hard work and community's patience. The event was held on the newly named Phillip Hughes Bridge over the Nambucca River. The day kicked off to a great start with a smoking ceremony and official ribbon cutting with plenty of music, food and fun to keep everyone smiling.

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.

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

January to April 2018

  • temporary traffic diversion near Warrell Creek to allow construction of the highway
  • complete Upper Warrell Creek bridge
  • complete Williamsons Creek bridge
  • remove temporary rail diversion and complete earthworks and pavement construction between rail overpass and Cockburns Lane
  • complete and open Cockburns Lane overbridge to traffic
  • landscaping, linemarking and signposting and finishing work for the southern six kilometres of highway
  • complete safety barriers and finishing work and remove temporary connection to old highway at the northern end of project near Nambucca Heads.

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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