The Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade involves the planning and preconstruction for approximately 37 kilometres of four-lane divided highway from north of Port Macquarie to south of the Kempsey Bypass.
The planning and preconstruction activities for the Oxley Highway to Kempsey project include:
- geotechnical investigations;
- completing property acquisitions along the corridor;
- preparing contract documents;
- other pre-construction activities associated with the contract to enable substantial construction to commence; and
- construction of a new grade-separated interchange at Sancrox Road, Sancrox.
The project will improve road safety and economic efficiency, and reduce travel times and freight transport costs.
The total cost of the Oxley Highway to Kempsey planning and preconstruction activities is $110 million. The Australian Government has provided $35 million and the NSW Government has provided $75 million.
Contributions of land and funding from adjacent landowners and businesses, and funding from other NSW Government agencies were made towards the construction of the Sancrox Road interchange.
Environmental approval was received from the Commonwealth Department of the Environment on 24 January 2014. All planning and pre-construction activities for the highway duplication have been completed. Construction of the Sancrox Road interchange commenced on 22 July 2014 and was opened to traffic in November 2015.
The Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade will be constructed in two separate packages of work:
- Oxley Highway to Kundabung; and
- Kundabung to Kempsey.
Construction of the Oxley Highway to Kundabung section commenced on 15 October 2014. Construction of the Kundabung to Kempsey section commenced on 21 November 2014.
Both packages of work are expected to be completed in late 2017.