Northern Project Office
Roads and Maritime Services is delivering an unprecedented series of infrastructure investments across our State.
The State's road, freight and maritime network is being transformed with major capital expenditure exceeding $16 billion during the 2015-20 timeframe.
The Northern Project Office has been created to develop and deliver major road infrastructure projects across regional NSW.
The Northern Project Office includes a portfolio of strategic projects:
- With a regional focus
- Connecting communities across NSW
- Connecting NSW to other States.
This expanded program of works is being described as 'The Wave'.
Major highways (including the Pacific Highway)
The Pacific Highway upgrade is one of the largest road infrastructure projects in NSW. It connects Sydney and Brisbane, and is a major contributor to Australia's economic activity.
The Australian and NSW governments have been jointly upgrading the Pacific Highway to provide a four lane divided road from Hexham to Queensland. Upgrading started in 1996 and 2020 has been identified as the targeted completion.
The New England Highway provides another important freight link between key regional centres within the state's northern region. A number of major projects improving safety and efficiency are being undertaken on this corridor.
Roads and Maritime is planning the delivery of services and infrastructure to improve safety on the Oxley Highway. These include intersection improvements and safety reviews.
Bridges for the Bush program
The Bridges for the Bush program is a key government initiative designed to boost freight productivity in regional NSW.
The $145 million Bridges for the Bush program will result in the replacement or upgrade of 17 bridges in key locations over the next five years.
With the road freight task predicted to almost double by 2030, significant investment in the NSW road network is required to meet the demand for safer and heavier freight vehicles.
The Bridges for the Bush initiative will enhance freight productivity and save the state over $200 million in economic, social and environmental costs over the next 30 years.