Work starts on Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade

Media Release

WT241/2014

21 November 2014

Joint release with:

Andrew Stoner

Member for Oxley

David Gillespie

Member for Lyne

Luke Hartsuyker

Member for Cowper

The infrastructure boom on the Mid-North Coast has received another major-shot-in-the-arm as construction begins today on another major project on the Pacific Highway.

Construction is now underway on the Kundabung to Kempsey section of the Pacific Highway upgrade, which when combined with the Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade will generate around 1,000 jobs directly and nearly 3,000 indirectly throughout the region over the next three years.

The $230 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade is a priority for the Coalition Government.

“We are not only focussing on improving travel times and driver safety, we are also ensuring the Pacific Highway's future as a safe and reliable artery on the east coast,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie and NSW Member for Oxley Andrew Stoner were onsite today to help turn the first sod on this important project.

“The Australian Government has invested $115 million in upgrading this critical section of the highway. Last month the Deputy Prime Minister and I turned the first sod on the $820 million Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade, so works are really starting to ramp up along this stretch of the highway,” Dr Gillespie said.

Federal Assistant Employment Minister and Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said highway works continued to escalate between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

“This is another key development in completing the duplication of the highway by 2020. The current works schedule is unprecedented and creating thousands of local jobs during construction,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Mr Stoner said the works would provide 14 kilometres of divided highway with two lanes in each direction from north of Barrys Creek Road to the Kempsey Bypass and would be completed in 2017.

“The upgrade will significantly enhance safety and reduce travel times for motorists and heavy vehicles which use this route.

“Temporary lane closures and reduced speed limits will be in place during work and motorists are advised to follow all signs and the direction of traffic controllers,” Mr Stoner said.