Kempsey Bypass

The 14.5 kilometre Kempsey bypass project is part of the 40 kilometre Kempsey to Eungai project, which extends from the existing dual carriageway south of Kempsey to the existing dual carriageway at Eungai Rail.

Updates and announcements

Bridge and interchanges named

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay announced on Tuesday 1 December 2015 the bridge built over the Macleay River will be known as the Macleay Valley Bridge. The secondary name will be Yapang gurraarrbang gayandugayigu meaning “very long track to the other side” and has been chosen for the bridge to recognise the Aboriginal history of the location.

The southern interchange of the Kempsey bypass will be named the Slim Dusty interchange, while the northern interchange will be named Dunghutti interchange.

The names were selected following extensive consultation with key stakeholders.

Flood Impact Assessment

As part of the Kempsey Bypass Project’s Environmental Assessment, a Flood Impact Assessment was undertaken. This report has since been amended in response to the design refinements of the Kempsey Bypass, including amendments to reflect the final configuration of the Macleay River and Floodplain bridge.

Operational Noise Report
The Kempsey bypass operational noise report is now available for viewing.

Project background

The Kempsey bypass project was approved by the NSW Minister for Planning on 10 July 2008.

As part of the Building Australia Fund, the Australian Government announced that it would provide $618 million for the construction of the Kempsey bypass.

The 14.5 kilometre Kempsey bypass project is part of the 40 kilometre Kempsey to Eungai project, which extends from the existing dual carriageway south of Kempsey to the existing dual carriageway at Eungai Rail.

The bridge over the Macleay River and Floodplain will be 3.2 kilometres long on completion, making it the longest bridge in Australia.

The Kempsey Bypass was opened to traffic on Wednesday 27 March 2013.

Project snapshot

  • Contractors: Roads and Maritime Services has formed an alliance with Leighton Contractors, AECOM and Coffey Geotechnics to build the Kempsey bypass. The bridge over the Macleay River is being built by Abigroup Contractors under a separate design and construct contract.
  • Form of contract: Alliance and design and construct contract
  • Start date of major construction: June 2010
  • Completion date: March 2013
  • Project value: $618 million
  • Australian Government contribution: Fully Federal Funding (Building Australia Fund) $618 million

    Kempsey Bypass Operational Noise Report

    September 2013

    Appendices A & B

    September 2013

    Acoustic terminology and site plan, noise contours and exceedance locations.

    Appendix C

    September 2013

    Ambient noise monitoring results.

    Appendices D, E & F

    September 2013

    Review of operational noise levels against noise goals, summary of complaints, summary of noise mitigations measured by NCA.

    Main report

    March 2008

    Appendix A

    March 2008

    Summary of submissions received

    Appendix B, Part 1

    March 2008

    Amendments

    Appendix B, Part 2

    March 2008

    Amendments (continued)

    Appendix B, Part 3

    March 2008

    Amendments (continued)

    Appendix B, Part 4

    March 2008

    Amendments (continued)

    Appendix B, Part 5

    March 2008

    Amendments (continued)

    Appendix B, Part 6

    March 2008

    Amendments (continued)

    Appendix C

    March 2008

    Revised Statement of Commitments

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