Works underway on Sancrox Road Interchange
19 August 2014
Joint release with:
NSW Deputy Premier
Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services
Federal Member for Lyne
Member for Port Macquarie
Motorists are set to enjoy safer driving conditions on the Pacific Highway, with the first sod turned today on the Sancrox Road Interchange project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the interchange was another example of the Australian Government's commitment to upgrading the Pacific Highway by the end of the decade.
“Already, benefits to the Pacific Highway upgrade are starting to be realised, with travel times and fatal crashes significantly reduced,” Mr Truss said.
“The Coalition Government is committed to investing in projects that will meet New South Wales' infrastructure needs, with a total of $13.8 billion committed between 2013–14 and 2018–19 to projects including WestConnex, NorthConnex and the Pacific Highway upgrade.”
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner said the project was part of planning and preconstruction works along the 37 kilometre Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade.
“Local businesses and land owners and NSW Trade & Investment have contributed to this project by providing funding and land, in addition to funding from the Australian and NSW governments,” Mr Stoner said.
Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie said the new interchange would provide a grade separated traffic arrangement to reduce crash risks at the existing intersection of Sancrox Road and the Pacific Highway.
“A key feature of the new interchange will be a new overpass located 600 metres south of the intersection which will traverse the Pacific Highway,” Dr Gillespie said.
“Other works will include local service roads and roundabouts as well as a left-in, left-out access to improve safety for motorists entering and exiting the Pacific Highway.”
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said work on the Sancrox Road interchange started on 22 July.
“Completion is expected by the middle of next year with around 50 direct jobs and 150 indirect jobs to be created during the life of the project, which is great news for the local economy,” Mrs Williams said.