Nambucca Heads to Urunga Highway upgrade

Nambucca Heads to Urunga Highway upgrade: Kalang River plan approved

16 May 2014

Roads and Maritime Services today announced a section of the Kalang River would close for about 18 months during work on the Nambucca Heads to Urunga Pacific Highway upgrade.

"Roads and Maritime Services and its contractor Lend Lease took a plan to the community to build a temporary bridge over the river to help build the new twin bridges and reduce the number of trucks passing through Urunga during building of the upgrade," a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

"It received strong support and a decision has been taken to temporarily close a section of the river near South Arm Road from the end of this month.

“The temporary bridge will allow about 90,000 cubic metres of material to be moved along the project alignment, which means about 18,000 truck movements will no longer need to travel through Urunga.

"Roads and Maritime thanks the community for taking the time to provide feedback on the development of this critical infrastructure project.”

Other benefits include a more efficient haulage route for road material across the river and avoiding the use of barges to float bridge beams.

The project team will start building the temporary bridge from 19 May and it is expected to take up to two months to complete, weather permitting.

Once the temporary bridge is built, work will start on the permanent twin bridges.

The twin bridges will be about 190 metres long and foundation work is scheduled to start in late June.

Vessel operators, residents and tourists can continue to use the river upstream and downstream of the exclusion area.

The project team has worked with the State Emergency Service to develop a flood management plan in case of an emergency.

Questions about the project can be directed to the community relations team on 1800 800 612 or via email on

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