Pacific Highway Upgrade

Pacific Highway upgrade

The Pacific Highway upgrade

The Pacific Highway upgrade is one of the largest road infrastructure projects in NSW.

Upgrading new sections and undertaking safety improvements to the existing highway have brought major improvements to road conditions.

These improvements will support regional development and provide:

  • Safer travel.
  • Reduced travel times with improved transport efficiency.
  • More consistent and reliable travel.
  • Improved amenity for local communities
  • Process to build a highway

Currently 381 kilometres of the Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border are now four-lane divided road. Around 50 kilometres are currently under construction.

The Pacific Highway upgrade is being completed in three key priority stages.

Priority one

Priority one is to complete dual carriageway between Hexham and Port Macquarie, between Ballina and the Queensland border and between Raleigh and north of Woolgoolga, along with growing suburbs of Coffs Harbour.

Priority one will be completed by beginning of 2015 (weather permitting). With the opening of the Bulahdelah bypass in June 2013, there is now a four-lane divided highway between Hexham and Port Macquarie.

Priority two

Priority two involves completing dual carriageway between Port Macquarie and Raleigh.

Substantial progress on the dual carriageway upgrade is being made on Priority two with the completion of the Kempsey bypass and all other projects within this section proceeding to construction.

Priority three

Priority three is to complete dual carriageway between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

Progress on priority three includes:

  • Completing dual carriageway upgrades at Glenugie (now completed south of Grafton) and Devils Pulpit (under construction north of Maclean); and
  • Finalising all planning and preconstruction activities for the remaining sections of undeveloped two-lane sections of the highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

Further interim safety improvements are being implemented on sections of existing single carriageway as part of either the safety and minor works package for the Pacific Highway upgrade or the state wide road toll response package. 

Next steps

The Australian and NSW governments have been jointly upgrading the Pacific Highway since 1996.

About 58 per cent of the final length of the highway between Hexham and the Queensland border is now a four-lane divided highway.

Current funding will see work continue and ensure a four-lane divided highway will be opened to traffic between Hexham (near Newcastle) and Woolgoolga (north of Coffs Harbour) and between Ballina and the Queensland border by the end of 2016 (subject to fine weather).

Funding is also being provided to advance early settlement and preconstruction works on critical sections of the remaining two-lane highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina – with some sections of four-lane divided highway already in place at Halfway Creek and Glenugie and soon to be completed at Devils Pulpit (south of Ballina).

Roads and Maritime will engage contractors to complete the remaining sections of highway as soon as funding becomes available.

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