Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities referral comment period closed
The Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade has been referred to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSWEPaC) for approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The project has been referred to DSWEPaC to assess the likely impact on threatened species.
The preliminary documentation for the proposed upgrade was on display and available for community comment from 11 February 2013 to 15 March 2013. No comments were received during this comment period. The original preliminary documentation will remain available at the display locations for viewing until 30 April 2013 or you can view or download the information provided to DSWEPaC.
Please note that RMS is not bound to consider any comments received after the 15 March 2013.
What happens next?
As there were no submissions received during the display period, RMS will now seek DSWEPaC’s approval for the proposed action.
Refined concept design
The comment period for the refined concept design is now closed, RMS will now consider community feedback received on the refined concept design in a submissions report and continue to refine the design during the detailed design and construction phases of the project. For more information see the community update (PDF, 174KB) or contact the project team.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is continuing to upgrade the Pacific Highway to dual carriageway between the Oxley Highway and Kempsey. Planning for the project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.
The project involves an upgrade of about 37 kilometres of the Pacific Highway to four lane divided highway from north of the Oxley Highway to south of Kempsey. The project is being delivered in two sections - from the Oxley Highway to Kundabung and from Kundabung to Kempsey. Early works are proposed at Sancrox Road.
Timing of works and staging
- Early works are proposed at Sancrox Road. RMS is proposing to call for tenders in early 2013 to build these works first, with construction anticipated to start mid 2013.
- The 14 kilometre Kundabung to Kempsey section will be delivered first with tenders for construction scheduled to be called in the first half of 2013. This section starts north of Barrys Creek near Kundabung and finishes at the southern end of the Kempsey bypass project which is currently under construction.
- The 23 kilometre Oxley Highway to Kundabung section will be delivered second with tenders for the design and construction proposed to be called in early 2013. This section starts at the Oxley Highway in Port Macquarie and finishes north of Barrys Creek near Kundabung.