Bridge naming update
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is moving closer to naming Australia’s longest bridge as part of the Kempsey bypass Pacific Highway upgrade.
RMS received more than 800 written and online submissions and around 70 names have been suggested. Read More>>
Flood Impact Assessment
As part of the Kempsey Bypass Project’s Environmental Assessment, a Flood Impact Assessment (PDF 8MB) 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.
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
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
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.
For more information on the project background, view the project overview page.