The Pacific Highway upgrade is one of the largest road infrastructure projects in New South Wales (NSW) and Australia. It connects Sydney and Brisbane, and is a major contributor to Australia's economic activity.
The Australian and NSW governments have been jointly upgrading the Pacific Highway to provide a four lane divided road from Hexham, near Newcastle, to the Queensland border since 1996.
Travel Time Savings and Reduced Operating Costs
Travel times are expected to be reduced by 2.5 hours when the entire upgrade is complete. Light vehicles are currently saving an average of around 95 minutes and heavy vehicles are saving an average of 105 minutes. These faster travel times will reduce operating costs for freight operators.
Since the commencement of the Pacific Highway upgrade in 1996, fatal crashes have almost halved, down from the mid 40s to about 20 annually in recent years. It is anticipated that the completion of current and future projects will continue to improve safety, further reducing the number of fatal and casualty crashes on the highway.
The Pacific Highway upgrade will improve the amenity of many townships currently along the route. The upgrade will result in the highway bypassing many major towns, which will reduce noise, pollution and traffic and improve safety in these townships.
The Australian Government has committed $5.64 billion from 2013-14 towards the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade by 2020.
Currently, 493 kilometres, or 75 per cent, of the Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border is a four-lane divided road. All remaining sections of the upgrade are in planning or under construction.
The upgrade comprises a number of projects that are under construction. The following are links to the individual webpages of these projects:
The following projects have recently been completed: