|Funding Program:||Investment Road and Rail Program
|Expected Start/Finish:||Late 2014 - Early 2018
|Estimated Project Cost:||$665,500,758
|Australian Government Contribution:||$439,230,500
|Local Council/Shire:||Port Macquarie Hastings Council,Kempsey Shire Council
|Corridor:||Sydney - Brisbane
The project upgraded the Pacific Highway to provide 23km of four-lane divided road commencing from 700 metres north of the intersection of the Oxley and Pacific highways just north of Port Macquarie, to just south of Kundabung.
The project comprises 17.3km built to Class-M (Motorway) standard and 5.7km built to Class-A (Arterial) standard. The project includes major crossings of the Hastings and Wilson rivers, a bypass of Telegraph Point, new grade separated interchanges at Blackmans Point Road and Haydons Wharf Road, and fauna crossings.
The project will improve road safety and economic efficiency by reducing travel times and freight transport costs.
The project was jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments. The Australian Government provided $439.2 million and the NSW Government $226.3 million to deliver the project.
Lend Lease was awarded the contract to design and construct the project on 18 March 2014. Major works commenced on 15 October 2014. The first 18km opened in November 2017, with the remaining 5km opening in March 2018. The project is now fully open to traffic.
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Project details last updated: 17/08/2020