• Funding program Investment Road and Rail Program
  • Status In planning
  • Transport mode Road
  • Expected start/finish Mid 2023 - Mid 2028
  • Estimated project cost $2,100,000,000
  • Australian Government contribution $1,680,000,000
  • Local Council/Shire Newcastle City Council,Port Stephens Council
  • State NSW
  • Corridor Sydney - Brisbane

Project description

The project will deliver a 15km dual carriageway extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway from Black Hill to Raymond Terrace. The works include a 2.6km bridge over the New England Highway and Hunter River, and upgrades to the surrounding network, including the Hexham Straight Widening. The Hexham Straight Widening includes widening around 6km of the Pacific Highway/Maitland Road between the Newcastle Inner City Bypass at Sandgate and the New England Highway at Hexham Bridge to three lanes in each direction.



The main benefits of the project include:

  • improved freight efficiency
  • improved accessibility
  • improved flood immunity
  • travel time savings for through and local traffic
  • improved road safety for all road users


The Australian Government contribution is capped at $1.68 billion, which is equal to 80 per cent of the estimated project cost.


Planning is underway.

The project is expected to be open to traffic by mid-2028.

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