Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese officially opened the Kempsey Bypass on Wednesday.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese officially opened the Kempsey Bypass on Wednesday.

Kempsey Bypass open in time for Easter holidays

The Kempsey Bypass, boasting Australia's longest bridge, is officially open in time for the Easter holidays.

Completed more than 15 months ahead of schedule, Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said at Wednesday's opening the completion of the $618 million, fully-Federally funded major project means faster, safer journeys for holiday-makers and is another major step forward in the ongoing upgrade and duplication of the Pacific Hwy.

"The remarkable speed at which this new section of highway was built is a tribute to the expertise and hard work of all those involved, particularly the contractors and their many workers," Mr Albanese said.

"The scale of this engineering project is highlighted by the fact that the new 3.2 kilometre bridge which has been erected over the Macleay River and nearby floodplains now holds the title of Australia's longest bridge."

The new Bypass means the towns of Kempsey and Frederickton will have 2,000 trucks a day taken off their local streets.

The Kempsey Bypass is a 14.5 kilometre long divided four lane highway expected to reduce travel times from Frederickton to South Kempsey by at least 10 minutes.