Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Pacific Highway - Nambucca Heads to Urunga

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2013 - Late 2016
Estimated Project Cost:$627,973,826
Australian Government Contribution:$313,986,913
Local Council/Shire:Bellingen Shire Council
Corridor:Sydney - Brisbane

Project Description

The project constructed approximately 22 kilometres of four lane divided road, built to Class-M (motorway) standard, from south of the North Coast rail overbridge at Nambucca Heads to the existing interchange with Waterfall Way at Raleigh. New grade-separated interchanges have been constructed at Nambucca Heads and at Ballards Road, south of Urunga. The upgrade also includes a new combined heavy and light vehicle rest area near Nambucca Heads and a major crossing of the Kalang River.


The project has improved road safety, reduced travel times, reduced freight transport costs and improved economic efficiency.


The total cost of the project is $628.0 million. The Australian Government is providing $314.0 million and the NSW Government is providing $314.0 million towards the construction of the project.


Lend Lease Engineering was awarded the contract to design and construct the project on 3 June 2013. Major works commenced on 15 January 2014 and the project was opened to traffic on 22 July 2016. Post opening finishing works have been completed and the project was fully opened at 110km/hour on 9 November 2016.

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Project details last updated: 17/08/2020