A milestone has today been marked on the Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade of the Pacific Hwy.
A milestone has today been marked on the Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade of the Pacific Hwy.

Contractor named to complete 14km hway project

CONSTRUCTION of 14-kilometres of a four lane divided highway as part of the Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade will soon get underway, with the works contract awarded to the McConnell Dowell/OHL Joint Venture.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said it was the third contract to be awarded this year for the 37km Oxley Highway to Kempsey project.

"Work is scheduled to start in the second half of this year," Mr Truss said.

"About 381km of four lane divided road has already been completed between Hexham and the Queensland border and we're well on track to deliver a safer and more efficient highway by 2020."

New South Wales Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services and Oxley MP Andrew Stoner said upgrades along the Pacific Highway represented critical investment in the state's future transport needs.

"This project is another example of the NSW Government partnering with the Commonwealth to deliver the infrastructure our regional communities need," Mr Stoner said.

"The Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade is one of a number of projects between Port Macquarie and Raleigh, south of Coffs Harbour, which will soon be underway as part of the Priority 2 section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

"The 14km upgrade will include interchanges at Blackmans Point, Haydons Wharf, and at Yarrabee, Kundabung and Sancrox roads.

"There is also a bypass of Telegraph Point, an overpass at Bill Hill Road, new bridges for the Hastings and Wilson rivers and over the North Coast railway line to the north of the Wilson River."

The Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade is jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $115 million and the New South Wales Government $115 million towards the project.