Major Pacific Highway bridge completed as Oxley Highway to Kundabung section progresses

Media Release

DC216/2016

08 December 2016

Joint release with:

Luke Hartsuyker

Federal Member for Cowper

Melinda Pavey

NSW Member for Oxley

Leslie Williams

NSW Member for Port Macquarie

  • Major works complete on the new bridge over the Wilson River
  • New bridge is over 500 metres long and on track to open to traffic with the entire section in 2017
  • Around 70 per cent of the Pacific Highway has now been upgraded

Major works have finished on a new bridge across the Wilson River as part of the Oxley Highway to Kundabung section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrade would improve safety and reduce travel times along the Pacific Highway.

“The completion of this major piece of infrastructure is the latest progress on the Pacific Highway, where the Australian and New South Wales governments' investments are already saving lives through safety upgrades and bypasses of towns. Fatal crashes have halved from more than 40 each year to about 20 annually in recent years,” Mr Chester said.

“The ongoing upgrade of the Pacific Highway is an example of the Australian Government's commitment to saving lives and reducing road trauma on nationally significant routes and local roads alike.”

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the project was building for the future.

“The new Wilson River Bridge crosses both channels of the Wilson River and the southern end of Dalhunty Island, and is 524 metres long and 23 metres wide,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“It will have a minimum navigation clearance height of six metres at the southern channel and eight metres at the northern channel.”

New South Wales Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the new bridge formed part of a nine-kilometre deviation from the existing highway across the flood plains east of Telegraph Point.

“The bridge is on track to open to traffic next year in conjunction with the entire Oxley Highway to Kundabung Pacific Highway section,” Ms Pavey said.

“Of the 657 kilometres of the Pacific Highway from Hexham to the Queensland border, 459 kilometres have already been upgraded to a four-lane divided highway.”

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said around 70 per cent of the highway was now complete, with about 148 kilometres currently under construction.

“There are more than 3,100 workers on site across all the Pacific Highway projects, with these numbers expected to increase as new works start over the next 12 months,” Mrs Williams said.

“All remaining projects between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour are targeted to progressively open to traffic next year, weather permitting.”

The Australian and New South Wales governments are delivering on their joint commitment of the fully upgraded highway opening to traffic by 2020.

The Australian Government is providing $542.41 million and the New South Wales Government $277.59 million toward the Oxley Highway to Kundabung section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.