Master Plan for the Pacific Highway upgrade
Currently 346 kilometres of the existing 677 kilometre Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border are now four lanes of divided road. Around 74 kilometres are currently under construction.
The final length of the highway will be 664 kilometres including a high standard connection to the F3 Freeway.
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 within the five year program to 2014.
Priority two involves completing dual carriageway between Port Macquarie and Raleigh.
Substantial progress on the dual carriageway upgrade will be made on Priority two within the five year program to 2014 by:
- Building the Kempsey bypass; and
- Preparing approximately 105 kilometres of new projects to upgrade the remaining two-lane highway. Projects include Frederickton to Eungai, Warrell Creek to Urunga and Oxley Highway to Kempsey.
Progress on priority three includes:
- Completing dual carriageway safety upgrades at Glenugie (south of Grafton) and Devils Pulpit (north of Maclean); and
- Preparing environmental assessments and designs for the remaining sections of undeveloped two-lane sections of the highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina (150 kilometres).
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.
The Australian and NSW governments have been jointly upgrading the Pacific Highway since 1996.
By 2014 there will be a four lane divided road:
- From Hexham to Port Macquarie
- From Ballina to the Queensland border
- In the rapidly developing Coffs Harbour region from Raleigh to Woolgoolga
In addition, the current funding commitment confirms that we will be able to advance the construction of 26 kilometres between Frederickton and Eungai and 22 kilometres between Nambucca Heads and Urunga.
Construction contractors will be engaged to complete other major sections of the highway upgrade as soon as funding to complete those works becomes available.
As part of this, the NSW and federal governments have made funding available to complete planning, acquire properties and carry out other activities to prepare the remaining sections for construction. This includes inviting tenders for:
- The preparation of detailed designs for a 14 kilometre section between Kundabung and Kempsey.
- The preparation of detailed designs for a 31 kilometre section between Woolgoolga and Glenugie.
- The carrying out of further geotechnical site investigations for the 155 kilometre section of the highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina.