Pacific Highway upgrade between Port Macquarie and Kempsey in Australia has been completed and the last 5km of dual carriageway on the Oxley Highway to Kundabung section is now open to traffic.
The project has been taken up as part of the Australian and NSW governments’ commitment to invest in the national road network.
Australian and NSW governments jointly funded the Oxley highway to Kundabung project. The Australian government has committed $402.27m toward the $629.1m project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said motorists have been enjoying 18km of new four-lane divided road bypassing Telegraph Point since November 2017.
He said: “Opening the final 5km section means the 23km Oxley Highway to Kundabung project has now been upgraded to dual carriageway between Oxley Highway interchange and Barrys Creek which will drive significant productivity improvements for local freight operators.”
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said that the Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade connected to the 14km Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade.
Pavey said: “Together, this upgrade provides 37km of new safer four-lane divided road between Port Macquarie and Kempsey and it is great to work so closely with the Australian government to deliver this major investment in the state’s economy.”
The Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade included 23 bridges and interchanges at Sancrox Road, Blackmans Point Road and at Haydons Wharf Road.
Federal member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said: “Achieving this milestone means there is now only 6km section between Warrell Creek and Bald Hill Road remaining to complete the 105km Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour Pacific Highway upgrade. This section is expected to open in mid-2018, weather permitting.”
Federal member for Lyne David Gillespie said that initially the new section of four-lane divided road will open with a speed limit of 100km/h to facilitate minor finishing work to replace line marking, remove traffic barriers and signpost to the final speed limit of 110 km/h.
NSW member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said that the next steps will include carrying out post-construction operational noise monitoring to check road traffic noise levels and compare these to the pre-construction noise levels.