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Hunter Expressway (NSW)


Funding Programme:Plan for the Future - Building Australia Fund
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:11 August 2010 - 22 March 2014
Estimated Project Cost:$1,651,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$1,451,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Cessnock City Council,Lake Macquarie City Council,Maitland City Council,Singleton Council

Project Description

The Hunter Expressway project constructed 40 kilometres of new dual carriageway between the M1 Pacific Motoway and the New England Highway near Branxton. The project included six strategic interchanges along the route to service local communities and has provided significant traffic relief to the New England Highway between Weakleys Drive and Branxton.


The provision of a new and more direct route has relieved congestion between the Rutherford, Maitland and Thornton regions and Newcastle, reduced travel times between Newcastle and Branxton, and improved freight efficiency.


The Australian Government provided $1.451 billion to the project and the NSW Government provided up to $200 million.

The Australian Government previously provided $48.95 million towards planning for the Hunter Expressway through the F3 to Branxton project.


Construction on the Hunter Expressway commenced on 11 August 2010 and was opened to traffic on 22 March 2014.

Photo Gallery

Map of the Hunter Expressway.
Hunter Expressway Map
Looking east from Seahampton.
Looking east from Seahampton
Hunter Expressway new carriageways.
Hunter Expressway new carriageways
Hunter Expressway new carriageways 2.
Hunter Expressway new carriageways 2

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Project details last updated: 4/04/2014