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Pacific Highway - Sapphire to Woolgoolga Upgrade


Funding Programme:Investment Road and Rail Programme
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:10 Aug 2010 - 30 July 2014
Estimated Project Cost:$815,337,714
Australian Government Contribution:$683,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Coffs Harbour City Council
Corridor:Sydney - Brisbane

Project Description

This project provided approximately 25 kilometres of four-lane divided highway from Sapphire, just north of Coffs Harbour, to Arrawarra Creek, north of Woolgoolga. The southern section follows the existing alignment and retains parts of the existing highway as a local road. The northern section comprises a 10 kilometre western bypass of Woolgoolga.

Grade separated interchanges were constructed to service the northern suburbs of Coffs Harbour including Sapphire, Moonee, Emerald Beach, Sandy Beach and Woolgoolga.


The project has improved road safety and economic efficiency by reducing travel times and freight transport costs.


The total cost of the project was $815.3 million. The Australian Government provided $683 million. The NSW Government provided $132.3 million to the project.


The design and construct contract was awarded to Leighton Fulton Hogan Joint Venture on 20 April 2010. Major construction commenced in August 2010 and was completed on 30 July 2014.

The 15 kilometre southern section opened to traffic on 30 July 2014, which followed the completion of the 10 kilometre Woolgoolga bypass section on 16 December 2013.

Photo Gallery

Woolgoolga bypass opening
Traffic using the new Woolgoolga bypass
Official opening ceremony of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga project on 30 July 2014.
Official opening of the project 30 July 2014

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Project details last updated: 13/01/2015