Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads - Pacific Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading upgrading 20 kilometres of highway. The project includes building 15 bridges, new interchanges at Warrell Creek and Bald Hill Road and access ramps at North Macksville. The $830 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments. The project is about 48 per cent complete and expected to open to traffic in 2017.

Updates and announcements

Proposed temporary asphalt plant

The project team is proposing to establish a temporary asphalt batch plant within the existing site compound in Albert Drive, Donnellyville, from November 2016 until completion of major asphalt works for the project which, subject to weather, is anticipated to be late 2017 or early 2018. We are seeking your feedback, by close of business on Tuesday 25 October, on the proposal. The draft report of the proposal can be viewed under ‘Other Reports’ on the Roads and Maritime Services website.

Please contact the Community Relations team for further information or to submit your feedback.

Macksville north facing ramps - approved

The Environmental Assessment and design refinements for the north facing ramps have now been approved by the Department of Planning and Environment.

The approved ramps will include a northbound on-ramp onto the highway, a southbound off-ramp from the highway and a median cross-over facility to enable emergency vehicles (including ambulances stationed at North Macksville) to travel north and south on the highway.

You can find out more in the latest Macksville north facing ramps community update - June 2016.

Night girder deliveries through Macksville

Changed traffic conditions will be in place along the Pacific Highway at Macksville to enable girders to be delivered to build new bridges.

The girders deliveries will be at night between 9:30 pm and 12 midnight and again from 1:30 to 3:30am. They will be transported from the local precast facility on Old Coast Road north of Macksville onto the Pacific Highway and then through Macksville to the bridge sites.

Motorists may experience traffic delays of up to 30 minutes because of the slow speed of the girder transportation.

Residents can also register for advance notice of the girder deliveries via the Roads and Maritime SMS and email alert system by calling 1800 074 588 or emailing community@afjv.com.au to provide their contact details.

Controlled blasting

Controlled blasting is required at four locations between Donnellyville and Macksville in order to remove hard rock where it is not possible to use mechanical methods.

During this time there will be an exclusion zone around the controlled blast site, which includes the Pacific Highway. To ensure the safety of road users travelling on the Pacific Highway all traffic will be stopped in the area and delays of up to 15 minutes may be experienced.

Advance notice of all controlled blasting activities and any changes to dates and times will be provided on electronic message boards along the Pacific Highway.

Motorists are advised to plan travel around these times and allow extra time for their journeys.

Key construction activities

September to November 2016

  • Ongoing earthwork and rock crushing
  • Ongoing manufacture of girders at pre-cast facility
  • Ongoing delivery and placement of girders for Nambucca River bridge
  • Bridgework at Lower Warrell Creek and Upper Warrell Creek
  • Start construction of north facing ramps
  • Mainline paving.

Project background

Contract awarded

The Acciona Ferrovial (Pacifico) joint venture has been awarded the design and build contract for the Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads Pacific Highway project.

The Joint Venture will now start detailed design and other preconstruction activities. Building is anticipated to start in the second half of this year.

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

Planning for the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

Read more about this project.

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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