Devils Pulpit upgrade project History
An environmental assessment of the proposal to upgrade the Pacific Highway at Devils Pulpit was completed in accordance with Part 3A of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
The environmental assessment was placed on public display from 31 May 2010 until 5 July 2010. During the environmental assessment exhibition period, seven submissions were received from the community and government agencies. Key issues raised included property access, biodiversity offsets and noise monitoring methodology.
Since the exhibition of the environmental assessment, the design of the project has been further refined, resulting in some changes. A Preferred Project Report has been prepared to describe these changes and assess their potential for environmental impacts. Preferred Project Report is available on the project documents page.
Planning approval was obtained on 1 February 2011.
The Chief Executive of Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) determined on 4 March 2011 that the construction and operation of the Devils Pulpit upgrade could proceed, subject to the conditions set out by the NSW Minister for Planning and the Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
Planning approval documents are available from the project documents page or by contacting the project information line. Display locations are:
- Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority), Pacific Highway Office
21 Prince Street, Grafton
Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm
- New Italy museum complex cafe
Pacific Highway New Italy
Monday to Sunday 9am to 4pm
A comprehensive community involvement program will be implemented during the construction phase.
During the construction phase, the project team will work closely with the community and stakeholders to ensure they are informed regarding construction activities.
Brief history of the project
July 2011: John Holland Pty Ltd were awarded the contract to build the upgrade.
March 2011: Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) Chief Executive determined the construction and operation of the project to proceed.
February 2011: Tenders called for the construction of the upgrade.
February 2011: Planning approval obtained.
May 2010 to July 2010: Environmental assessment was on display for community comment.
May 2010: Funding was announced under the Nation Building Program to progress planning and construction on this section of highway.
July 2008: Preferred concept design on display for community comment. This was a refinement of the concept design following community consultation.
March 2006: Concept design announced on display for community comment.
November 2004: Investigations commenced into the upgrade of the Pacific Highway including community consultation to identify a study area and route options.